Why do I need to test my electrical equipment?
Electrical equipment in the workplace needs to be tested so that accidents do not occur. If electrical equipment is faulty and has not been tested properly, then injuries such as electrical burns or shocks could happen. If you are an employer and an employee suffers an electrical injury as a result of equipment not being checked correctly, then the employee is entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against the workplace.
How do I test electrical equipment at work?
Electrical equipment in the workplace can be visually checked to spot any signs of deterioration. Make sure that any piece of electrical equipment is switched off and unplugged, and then you can check for any damaged cables or plugs, check the fuses and also do a risk assessment on the area around the electrical equipment. Checking for hazards will reduce the risk of having an electrical injury accident at work.
When should electrical equipment in the workplace be tested?
Firstly all equipment should be tested when new, and visual checks should be carried out frequently. However, the frequency of electrical equipment inspections and tests depends on the type of equipment in question, and the environment in which it is situated.
Guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggest:
- Light industrial businesses – user checks should be carried out regularly, formal visual inspections should be done before initial use of the equipment, and then every six months, and a combined test and inspection should be undertaken every six months.
- Heavy industrial businesses – user checks undertaken daily, formal visual inspections weekly, and an inspection should be carried out every six months.
- Construction businesses – For 110 V equipment – user checks weekly, and formal visual inspections monthly. A combined test and inspection should be completed before initial use, and then every three months. For 230 V equipment- user checks daily, formal visual inspections weekly, and a combined test and inspection before initial usage, and then monthly.
For more information consult the HSE guidelines. If you are concerned that electrical equipment being used in your workplace is not safe, then stop the usage immediately and ask a qualified person to thoroughly check the equipment.
Have you suffered from an accident at work as a result of electrical equipment not being tested correctly? If the work accident was not your fault and has happened within the last three years then you could be eligible for personal injury compensation.
A law firm with thirteen years experience of helping people gain compensation after a work related injury, Accident Advice Helpline could help you today. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown