Dangerous Charger Installation

DATE ADDED: 27.01.2017


During a routine service of pedestrian controlled electric vehicles it was discovered that prior to our takeover of the service contract the previous contractor has replaced some of the on-board battery chargers, but left them connected in a dangerous way.
The normal practice would be to prevent the vehicle being moved while there is a mains supply present to the on-board charger, this prevents the live mains wire or plug being damaged leaving the possibility of live exposed electrical wires, with the potential of an electric shock.
It is an important part of PUWER Regulations of 1998 to insure work equipment is maintained in a safe working order that is used by an employee to carry out their duties.

PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
• suitable for the intended use
• safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate
• used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
• Accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices
• used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses



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