SAFETY TIPS

Safety tips to help you maintain a safe work environment for your employees.

Safety Tip # 28

The risk is real. One safety switch may not be enough.

Regardless of whether you own or rent, you should consider having safety switches installed on all circuits.

Safety switches protect you, your family and anyone visiting the property from electric shock.

The risk is real. One safety switch may not be enough.

 

If you are unsure, call your electrician to see if your home is safe.

 

Safety Tip # 27

If you do not fulfill your duties or obligations, you are in breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (PDF, 1.42 MB) (WHS Act) or the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (PDF, 828 kB) (ES Act) and could be prosecuted.

Categories of offences

There are three categories of offences for failing to comply with a health and safety duty under the WHS Act or an electrical safety duty under the ES Act, depending on the degree of seriousness or culpability involved.

Category 1 - the highest penalty under either the WHS Act or the ES Act is for a category 1 offence, These are the most serious breaches where a duty holder who recklessly endangers a person to risk of death or serious injury.

  • Corporation: up to $3 000 000
  • Individual as a PCBU or an officer: up to $600 000/ 5 years jail
  • Individual e.g. worker: up to $300 000/ 5 years jail.

Category 2 - failure to comply with a health and safety duty or electrical safety duty that exposes a person to risk of death, serious injury or illness.

  • Corporation: up to $1 500 000
  • Individual as a PCBU or an officer: up to $300 000
  • Individual e.g. worker: up to $150 000.

Category 3 - failure to comply with a health and safety duty or electrical safety duty.

  • Corporation: up to $500 000
  • Individual as a PCBU or an officer: up to $100 000
  • Individual e.g. worker: up to $50 000.

Category 1 offences, involving reckless conduct, will be prosecuted in the District Court. Category 2 and 3 offences will be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court.

Appeals are made to the District Court.

On the spot fines

An on-the-spot fine is an alternative to prosecuting alleged offenders directly through the court. It is also called an infringement notice.

On-the-spot fines may be issued for workplace health and safety offences or electrical safety offences prescribed in Schedule 5 of theState Penalties Enforcement Regulation 2000 (PDF, 925 kB).

Both PCBUs and workers can be issued with an on-the-spot fine. Examples of offences which can be issued with a fine include (but are not limited to):

  • failure to comply with an improvement notice
  • failure to record a notifiable incident (e.g. a work-caused serious injury or illness)
  • allowing persons to carry out high risk work without seeing written evidence that the worker has the relevant high risk work licence
  • failure to allow health and safety representative to exercise his/her powers or functions,
  • failure to use/wear PPE provided by PCBU in accordance with information, training or reasonable instruction given by PCBU (fine issued to worker)
  • failure to test electrical work
  • failure to ensure electrical equipment was de-energized before carrying out electrical work.

The fine may be paid in full at any Workplace Health and Safety Queensland office within 28 days or arrangements can be made to pay an on-the-spot fine of $200 or more in installments.

The alleged offender can choose to contest the infringement notice in a Magistrates Court.

 

 

Safety Tip # 26

Indoor

Lights suitable for indoor use should only be used indoors. This will be indicated on the packaging or on the light itself (usually on a tag near the plug).

It’s not safe to use indoor lights outdoors as they don’t have the additional weatherproof ratings.

  • Test your safety switch and smoke detector before setting up your lights.
  • Keep lights and other electrical appliances away from children.
  • Turn your lights off before going to bed or leaving your house.
  • If you have a living Christmas tree, switch off and unplug lights when watering the tree.

Outdoor

Only use outdoor lights outdoors. Indoor lights are not safe to use outside (even on verandas). Outdoor lights meet additional safety standards.

Outdoor Christmas lights will have an IP rating (e.g. IPX3, IP23, IP44), this number shows how weatherproof the light is – the higher the numbers, the better the weatherproof rating. Outdoor equipment must have at rating of least IP23.

Some Christmas lights suitable for outdoors require the transformer (plug) to be located indoors and away from any effects of weather. Some may only be suitable for temporary use outdoors. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Consider using solar powered lights, LED or extra-low-voltage lights (12V or 24V), as these are the safest options to prevent electric shock and prevent fires from over-heating.

The tips below can help keep your outdoor Christmas light display safe.

  • Secure outdoor lights to avoid damage in wind or storms.
  • Always turn off outdoor decorative lighting in rainy or stormy weather.
  • Flood lights, halogen lights and other high powered lights can become very hot. Keep them away from anything that might catch fire.
  • Avoid passing electrical leads through doorways and windows where leads might be damaged.
  • Don’t run electrical leads over walkways or driveways where they might be damaged.
  • All outdoor connections must be weatherproof.
  • Don’t put Christmas lighting around or above swimming pools or have leads lying in water or wet areas.
  • Avoid wrapping lights around sharp metal objects which may damage the wires.
  • Be aware that using multiple high-powered lamps may overload your electric circuits.

Keep your lead connectors out of the weather, if you must use power outside use cases like these.


 

 

 

Safety Tip # 25

Use safe Christmas lights

It’s that time of the year when Christmas lights make an appearance across Queensland adding fun and excitement to festivities.

Important safety tips

Before you start decorating, there are some important safety tips to be aware of, to ensure your Christmas doesn’t end in disaster.

  • Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
  • Buy Australian-compliant Christmas lights (be wary of purchasing non-compliant lights over the internet from overseas).
  • Check old Christmas lights before re-using them.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t alter or modify lights.
  • Ensure all lights, extension leads and power boards are suitable for the intended use (e.g external or internal).
  • Test your safety switch and smoke detector to make sure they are working.
  • Keep Christmas lights out of reach of children.
  • Always turn off decorative lighting before going to bed or leaving your house.

 

 

Safety Tip # 24

Electrical safety Incident notification

There are legal requirements to notify the Electrical Safety Office when there is an electrical safety incident.

If an electrical contractor receives a shock when working on a property, the electrical contractor has a legal requirement to report the incident to the ESO. Distribution entities (e.g. Ergon Energy and Energex), employers or self employed persons can also notify ESO of incidents.

Even if you are not an electrical entity, employer or self employed person and know of a serious electrical incident or dangerous electrical event there are several ways to notify ESO of the incident.

All serious electrical incidents and dangerous electrical events need to be reported to ESO.

 

 

Safety Tip # 23

DO NOT DO D.I.Y. ELECTRICAL WORK.........

Fatality involving an electric fence and fence energizer

Date issued: 14 January 2013

 

The Electrical Safety Office is investigating a serious electrical incident in which a man was fatally injured.


The investigation is underway and initial findings indicate the man received an electric shock when he contacted exposed live electrical parts that formed part of an electric fence.

The electric fence was powered by a home made fence energiser and did not comply with the Australian Standard.


A fence energizer regulates and controls the supply of electricity to an electric fence.  The Australian electrical equipment safety standard for fence energizers is AS/NZS60335.2.76 Particular requirements for electric fence energizers.

Fence energizers are categorised as prescribed electrical equipment, and require certification and approval prior to sale.


Homemade or modified electrical equipment is dangerous, illegal and can void insurance. 
If you have any concerns about the safety of electrical equipment, discontinue use immediately and have a licensed electrical contractor inspect the equipment.


For more information about electrical equipment visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call the Electrical Safety Infoline on 1300 650 662.

 

Electrical Safety Office

 

 

 

Safety Tip # 22

Submersible pump fatality

Date issued: 21 March 2013

The Electrical Safety Office is investigating a serious electrical incident which resulted in the death of a homeowner at a residential acreage property.


An investigation is currently underway that is trying to establish whether or not the man received an electric shock when he was removing a submersible pump from a sump pit. The circuit supplying the submersible pump was energised and not protected by a safety switch.


The Electrical Safety Office urges Queenslanders to be aware of the danger electricity can pose—especially where equipment is located in a wet environment and is left energised. If you have broken or damaged electrical equipment or are unsure of the equipment’s safety, stop using it and contact a licensed electrical contractor to inspect it. You should also consider having a safety switch installed.


To report an electrical safety concern call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662. For more information about electrical safety, visit www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Tip # 21

Dangerous generator leads

The Electrical Safety Office has received reports about electric leads with male plugs fitted to both ends being used to connect a generator to a building during a power outage. This is extremely dangerous.

Plugging a generator directly into a wall socket can create backfeeding—where power feeds back into the electricity supply network. Backfeeding during an outage can energise the service lines and the transformer serving neighbouring properties. If line crews, neighbours or other people come into contact with these lines expecting them to be de-energised, they may receive an electric shock. Backfeeding can also bypass built in circuit protection devices. Leads fitted with male plugs on both ends are extremely dangerous as the exposed live pins on the end that is not connected to the generator can be easily contacted until it is plugged into the wall socket.

For more information about generator safety, backfeeding and electric leads visitwww.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au or call the Electrical Safety Info line on 1300 650 662.

 

 

 

 

Safety Tip # 20

Remove the Risk before it Becomes a Hazard.

Good workplaces have policies and procedures in place and follow them in order to maintain a safe and efficient working environment.

One such procedure is to have an area that is easily accessible to put aside any Electrical items (tools , leads etc.) that are faulty , not working , have exposed wires or any other damage that could be seen as Hazardous  so that these tools can be assessed by Management to either repair , replace or discard the item.

All too often we see tools that are Hazardous still in use and the person responsible for the Workplace in oblivious to the danger because there is no policy in place for these hazards to be reported.

The Cost of Repairing or replacing the item is minimal compared to the cost of an employee receiving an Electric Shock or even Electrocution.


Safety Tip # 19

LADDER SAFETY.

The use of ladders carries with it an element of danger therefore it is imperative that guidelines for safety are followed.

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide safe practices for employees when using equipment which is inherently dangerous. All employees must exercise safe practices when using a ladder.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 (ACT) requires that the employer provide, as far as is practicable, a workplace that is healthy and safe. This means that the employer needs to consider the safe design of workplace equipment and implement suitable systems of work. The employer has a duty to identify hazards with equipment and plant, and assess and control any potential risks.

GUIDELINES

All ladders used at the university should comply with the Australian Standards for Portable Ladders.

Purchasing a ladder

The ladder shall have clearly marked:-

  • The manufacturers name
  • The rating (Domestic or Industrial)
  • The load rating ( Industrial load rating of 120kg and Domestic load rat of 100kg)
  • The maximum length of the ladder (in AS/NZS 1892- parts 1 and 3 and AS 1892: 1992 part 2).
Single Extension Step ladders Trestle
Metal 9m Ind 15m Ind 6.1 Ind 5m
Plastic 5m Dom 7m Dom 2.4 Dom
Timber runged 9.2m 15.3m 5.5m Ind 
2.4m Dom5.5m Platform
5.1.m

Ind- Industrial
Dom- Domestic

Ladder Maintenance

  • Ladders should be placed in a secured area free from weather and mechanical damage.
  • All ladders should be inspected at regular intervals when not in use and before each episode of service.
  • If the ladder is found to be defective then it should be replaced or repaired with components of the same design.

POINTS TO BE OBSERVED WHEN USING A LADDER.

Secure base

  • The base of the ladder must be on a firm and level surface.
  • If there is some instability then the ladder should be tied to a secure structure by the stiles or held by another person.
  • The ladder should not be erected across a doorway or driveway unless the area is secured and monitored whist the ladder is in use.

Climbing and descending

  • Wear appropriate footwear (fully enclosed non slip footwear)
  • Only one person at a time may use the ladder.
  • Climb facing the ladder at all times.
  • Always have three limbs on the ladder at all times. Carry tools in a tool belt, holster or pouch not in your hands.
  • Climb one rung at a time
  • Place feet securely on each rung.
  • The ladder should be long enough to provide at least 1m (the third rung) of solid support beyond the task height.
  • When getting on or off the ladder at the top the ladder should extend 1m (the third rung) above the point of access.

Working from a ladder

Single

  • Allow the 1m excess beyond the work interface.
  • Tie the ladder to a support structure wherever possible but if this cannot be achieved then another person must support the ladder at the base by holding the stiles.
  • Face the ladder always.
  • Do not lean over the side of the ladder.
  • Always work within easy arms reach of the ladder.

Step Ladder

  • Only used in a fully open position.
  • Set all four feet on a firm surface
  • Lock side braces and cross braces before climbing
  • Do not stand above the second to top step
  • If using a ladder with a platform then use the hand rail provided.
  • Use side rails to ascend and descent and maintain position on the steps when working.
  • Keep body centred
  • Do not overreach

SAFEGUARDS

  • Do not work near power lines.
  • Domestic ladders should not be used in an industrial environment
  • A ladder should never be walked (a person standing on top of the ladder lifts the ends of the stiles alternately to cause the ladder to move).
  • Ladders should not be used outdoor in strong winds
  • Ladders are to be fitted with rubbers to prevent slipping.
  • Ladders may not be joined together to increase height.

 

Safety Tip # 18

Just because an appliance works, that doesn't mean that it is SAFE to use. That is why it is recommended to have the appliances tested on a regular basis. An appliance that functions as normal may have a faulty Earth connection or Low Insulation Resistance which can both be very dangerous and even Fatal in a worst case scenario. Having your Electrical system protected by an R.C.D. is essential, if the R.C.D. is tripping off it is a warning sign that an appliance is faulty or that there is another factor that is causing an appliance to trip the R.C.D. eg. moisture. You should not assume that because an appliance works that it is safe , have your appliances tested on a regular basis to Ensure the safety of your employees.


DECEMBER 2011 SAFETY TIP

YOUR FIRST TIME MAY BE YOUR LAST TIME.

Not too many people get a second chance with Electrical shocks. You will not see it coming , you may not hear it , you may not even feel it as it strikes.

It takes only a few seconds but a simple check of your power tools and extension leads can prevent serious injury or death. Before plugging in an electrical item, run your hands over the power lead and feel for any nicks or cuts and ensure that the insulation is in good condition from the plug end all the way to the item itself. Do not be fooled into thinking that this rule only applies to workshops either, offices and kitchen areas are just as prone to faulty or damaged electrical items as any other part of a business and more often than not  the kitchen area having a steel sink and bench and plenty of water around too, it is one that is often over looked but can be very Dangerous to you and your staff.

AUGUST 2011 SAFETY TIP

WET ENVIRONMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

After recently carrying out our electrical testing and tagging service for a business that was of the opinion that water and electricity were Ok together, the only problem was that the Safety Switches (RCD's) would always trip off so they just removed the Safety Switches.........Our advice to them was to change the procedure that is causing the problem and NOT to remove the device that could save them.

Have you reviewed your policies and procedures lately?

Are your employees familiar with the policies and procedures?

We are all responsible for Safety at work and we all have a legal obligation to ensure that we operate in an Electrically Safe way.

 

APRIL 2011 SAFETY TIP

ELECTRICITY CAN KILL !

The Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) are investigating a serious electrical incident which occurred in Townsville on Wednesday 16 March 2011, resulting in the subsequent death of a worker on Wednesday 23 March 2011.

Initial findings indicate that while performing arc welding work on a hopper the worker came in contact with the welding electrode while sitting on an earthed metal structure. The worker at the time was working in a hot and humid environment.

The purpose of this alert is to remind employers, workers and others that all parts of welding circuits, including electrodes, hand pieces and work return paths, must be considered electrically alive. Anyone involved in the welding process needs to ensure that no part of their body is placed in such a position that would complete a conductive path for the passage of electric current and therefore posing the risk of electric shock.

 

A risk assessment must always be undertaken before commencing electric welding work and appropriate risk treatment measures adopted and monitored. Special consideration should be given to appropriate risk treatment measures where a hot, humid work environment is present. Electrical safety information specific to welders can be sourced from the Australian Standards AS 1674.2-2007 and AS 60974 series.

MARCH 2011 SAFETY TIP......

Testing of Safety Switches......

Residual Current Devices (R.C.D.'s) are often referred to as Safety Switches and can be found in the fuse box or distribution board of the workplace.These are different from circuit breakers and have a Manual Test button on them and are designed to trip(cut off power) in a fraction af a second when a harmful level of Electrical imbalance is detected.As a general rule of thumb an R.C.D. should be tested monthly by pressing the button abd ensuring it trips off immediately and then be re-set.R.C.D.'s should tested by a competent trained person with the correct testing equipment at least once a year.

Without REGULAR testing R.C.D.'s can fail to operate quickly enough or even at all and can lead to serious injury or Death.

FEBRUARY 2011 SAFETY TIP......

Know your obligations.

Ignorance is not an excuse, if for any reason there is an electrical incident at your workplace everyone has some degree of responsibility.Obligations and there definitions can be found in the Electrical Safety Act 2002, from the boss of the company down to the cleaner, everybody that enters the workplace has some form of responsibility to carry out work in an ELECTRICALLY SAFE WAY.Penalties for failing to do so are quite severe,from fines to time in prison.

JANUARY 2011 SAFETY TIP.........

WATER AND ELECTRICITY DO NOT MIX.

As most of QLD is being affected by floods at the moment we would like to remind everyone of how dangerous it it when water and electricity combine.As Energex shuts off power to parts of QLD affected by flood water to prevent electrocution and fires, the damage caused to electrical equipment can be more than superficial and not always obvious.

All electrical equipment shouls be tested by a professional and passed as safe before being used after coming in contact with water.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the floods.

DECEMBER 2010 SAFETY TIP..........

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SAFETY.

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching we would like to remind everyone to ensure you take every precaution to protect your business from electrical hazards and risks while you enjoy the Christmas period.

Do not leave any electrical items plugged in unless they are absolutely needed while the business is closed.Now is the perfect time to clean up work areas and de-clutter workshops and throw out any discarded or broken tools that are beyond repair for a fresh start in the New Year.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

NOVEMBER 2010 SAFETY TIP ..........

CREATE A SAFE CULTURE WITHIN YOUR BUSINESS.

Attitude towards SAFETY starts at the TOP. If your business has the correct systems in place for reporting and rectifying SAFETY concerns or HAZARDS and these  systems are being used it will ensure that ALL your employees are looking out for DANGEROUS situations and this will definately reduce the SAFETY RISKS and INCIDENTS within the business.

If the attitude of the Owner , Director , Managers is SAFETY comes second to productivity it becomes Infectious in the business and is reflected in the treatment of SAFETY issues and condition of tools and equipment in the workshops.

THE STANDARD YOU WALK PAST IS THE STANDARD YOU ACCEPT!

OCTOBER 2010 SAFETY TIP.....

SHE'LL BE RIGHT MATE...IT HASN'T HURT ME YET.

We hear this statement all to often when servicing a workshop and we find a lead with a cut in it or a faulty tool and show it to the people who use it.

I can tell you SHE WON'T BE RIGHT MATE, that small cut in the insulation is enough to cause serious damage and endanger lives. The insulation is there for a very good reason and any form of weakness in the insulation has to be rectified by the correct means (NOT ELECTRICAL TAPE wrapped around the lead a thousand times).

Attitude towards electricty is our biggest enemy, you can't see it, you can't touch it and by the time you feel it, it may be too late.......

SEPTEMBER 2010 SAFETY TIP....

UNLESS YOU ARE AN ELECTRICIAN , DON'T TOUCH IT!

Do not attempt to repair or modify any electrical appliance unless you are a QUALIFIED electrician. Many of the faulty appliances that we find have often been modified or repaired by an employee who has no qualifications and has wired the appliance incorrectly or made the appliance unsafe without knowing or realising. Even the most common problem we find being that an employee has ground down an EARTH PIN on a 15amp appliance to fit a 10amp lead or wall socket can cause severe problems such as overheating of the plug end and often poor performance of the appliance. It has a 15amp plug end for a reason , DONT TOUCH IT!

AUGUST 2010 SAFETY TIP.......

GIVE ELECTRICITY THE RESPECT IT DEMANDS!

Just because you cant see electricity does not meen it can't HURT or KILL you! Treat it with great care and respect , you may only get one chance to do so.

All too often we see leads with damaged insulation or bare copper wires and when asking the operator about it we are told "she'll be right mate , it hasn't hurt me before". The insulation on leads and tools is there for a very good reason and any weakness or break in the insulation is a serious risk and should be reported,fixed or the item is to be removed from service immediately.

A POEM THAT WILL MAKE YOU STOP & THINK EVERY DAY.

I CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY

 

I COULD HAVE SAVED A LIFE THAT DAY,

BUT I CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY,

IT WASN'T THAT I DIDN'T CARE,

I HAD THE TIME AND I WAS THERE.

BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO SEEM A FOOL,

OR ARGUE OVER A SFETY RULE,

I KNEW HE'D DONE THE JOB BEFORE,

IF I SPOKE UP HE MIGHT GET SORE.

THE CHANCES DIDN'T SEEM THAT BAD,

I'D DONE THE SAME,HE KNEW I HAD,

SO I SHOOK MY HEAD AND WALKED BY,

HE KNEW THE RISKS AS WELL AS I.

HE TOOK THE CHANCE,I CLOSED AN EYE,

AND WITH THAT ACT,I LET HIM DIE,

I COULD HAVE SAVED A LIFE THAT DAY,

BUT I CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.

NOW EVERY TIME I SEE HIS WIFE,

I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE,

THAT GUILT IS SOMETHING I MUST BEAR,

BUT ISN'T SOMETHING YOU NEED TO SHARE.

IF YOU SEE A RISK THAT OTHERS TAKE,

THAT PUTS THEIR HEALTH OR LIFE AT STAKE,

THE QUESTION ASKED OR THING YOU SAY,

COULD HELP THEM LIVE ANOTHER DAY.

IF YOU SEE A RISK AND WALK AWAY,

THEN HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO SAY,

"I COULD HAVE SAVED A LIFE THAT DAY,

BUT I CHOSE TO L;OOK THE OTHER WAY"

BY DON MERRIL

JULY 2010 Safety Tip..........Hazards in an OFFICE,

Yes they do exist.The office areas are often overlooked as an electrically dangerous environment,however most office areas will have at least a computer hard drive,monitor,phone,fax,copier,printer,calculator,shredder etc running off one power point using double adaptors or powerboards that are often jammed in between the desk and the wall causing the plugs to be squashed or bent and that compramises the insulation and can cause real problems if not rectified.Given that most of these leads are at the persons feet in most cases there is a real threat of ELECTRIC SHOCK or worse.

JUNE 2010 Safety Tip..........Coach your staff,they may save your business.

All too often we find damaged electrical equipment and when pointed out to the staff member they are blissfully unaware of the fault or that electrical faults can harm them.If you can inform your staff to do basic checks on all electrical equipment before they use it they may just find these faults and save themselves and others from harm and in the process save your business from dealing with fire,injury or death.

MAY 2010 Safety Tip...........Dust cant hurt me,right?

WRONG! Do not under estimate DUST as a hazard,especially in the Vehicle repair industry where the dust that is created in workshops often contains very fine metal particles that can build up and always gathers on and around your tools and power points.If the dust gets inside the power point these small particles of metal can cause arcing inside the power point and start fires almost without being noticed.Always keep your tools and power points as dust free as practicable.

APRIL 2010 Safety Tip..........Warm extension leads,

In normal use an extension lead should not get WARM or HOT,this is a sign that the lead is faulty or being overloaded.Using the correct lead for the tool you are using is critical,eg. do not use a long extension lead for a welder as the drop in performance of a long lead will cause the welder to under-perform aswell as overload the lead causing a breakdown in the insulation and lead to further problems,short circuits,fire or electrocution. 15amp tools NEED 15AMP LEADS!

MARCH 2010 Safety Tip............Graveyards can be deadly,

Its the one area every business seems to have,that corner where all of the old and unused electrical equipment gets put to be one day sorted through and thrown out.All too often we find items in these area that could cause real problems for businesses.It only takes one person who is unaware that these items are out of service to plug one in and all of a sudden you could have a FIRE or ELECTROCUTION to deal with.These GRAVEYARDS for electrical items should not exist.IF AN ITEM IS FAULTY OR UNUSED HAVE IT REPAIRED OR THROW IT OUT IMMEDIATELY!!!!!! Its not worth the risk........

February 2010 safety tip.................Ensure your business is protected by an electrical safety switch(R.C.D.) which will trip off whenever there is an electrical inbalance (this is different from a circuit breaker or fuse).An R.C.D. should be manually tripped via the push button test on the unit at least once a month by the owner and once every 12 months by a licenced person with the correct testing equipment