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Electrical Fatality Statistics

Electrical Fatality Statictics

 

Source: Electrical Fatality Statistics – Health and Safety Authority

Each number shown above represents a person killed due to electricity.

The actual occurrences that led to the deaths are set out in the enclosed table of Elec_Fatalities_2014. This table gives a brief description of each fatal incident (though details of certain recent fatalities have not yet been included).

The Electro Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI), and in particular, their Technical Committee dealing with Safety (TC5), monitors all aspects of electrical safety in the country and also issue several publications on the entire area of electrical safety.
Dangers of Electricity
Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, and other workers deal with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, electrical installation and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers, farmers, and construction workers work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.
How Electric Current affects the Body
Electric Current affects the body when it flows through. The basic unit of current is the amp. This is the current which flows through a resistance of 1 ohm (Ω) when a voltage of 1 volt is applied across it. However, currents as low as thousandths of amps (milliamps) can have an adverse effect on the body. The table  below gives an illustration of the types of effects various levels of currents can have on the body.

Shock Physiological Effects

Electric Current
(1 second contact)
Physiological Effect

1 mA
Threshold of feeling, tingling sensation.

5 mA
Accepted as maximum harmless current

10-20 mA
Beginning of sustained muscular contraction (“Can’t let go” current.)

100-300 mA
Ventricular fibrillation, fatal if continued. Respiratory function continues.

6 A
Sustained ventricular contraction followed by normal heart rhythm. (defibrillation). Temporary respiratory paralysis and possibly burns.

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Electric shock put cinema operator in court

Electric shock
Electric shocks put cinema operator in court. A cinema operator in the UK has been fined after two employees received an electric shock from a popcorn machine.

Manchester Magistrates Court fined Cineworld Ltd. £9,000, plus costs, after two members of staff at its Didsbury multiplex received electric shocks from a machine that keeps popcorn warm.

After one employee received a shock, management were alerted, but failed to isolate the machine or post warning notices to stop staff using it. Later the same day, a second worker was shocked when he turned the machine off.

An investigation by Manchester City Council found the machine had a faulty switch and a panel missing, meaning a live circuit board was exposed. Neither worker was seriously injured by the shocks, but the court heard that they could have been fatal.

Cineworld Cinemas pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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PAT Testing or Portable Appliance Testing covers virtually anything that can be plugged into a 110Volt, 240Volt, 415Volt socket.

PAT Testing is a safety test for any electrical item with a plug. It is basically a repeat of the tests carried out by the manufacturer before the item left the production line. The PAT tests should be carried out on items with a plug top from kettles, computers, photocopiers, microwaves, extension leads to larger items such as vending machines. At IPAT we also carry our Microwave Testing that determine if there are any leaks in your Microwave Oven.

Health & safety Act 2007 SI-299 requires all portable appliances to be tested periodically to verify their safe for use.

IPAT Ltd. will ensure peace of mind for our clients and will set up a schedule for […]

PAT Testing Certificate

PAT Testing Certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We at IPAT Ltd. provide a full PAT Testing certificate including a register of all the appliances that have been inspected and tested.

What is a PAT Testing Certificate?

A PAT testing certificate is a document confirming that all electrical appliances belonging to one business or organisation have met the necessary safety and functionality requirements expected. A credible PAT test certificate should, at the very least, contain this relevant data:

Details of the company (client) where the PAT Testing was done
Individual entries for all appliances stating whether they passed/failed the test
Details of the person or company by whom the PAT test was performed

Why do I need a PAT Testing Certificate?

We conduct the portable appliance test to ensure the safety of the appliance, and the certificate issued serves as the evidence you require to prove you have had the inspection done.

This is the evidence you will need for:

Insurance Companies
Health and Safety Inspectors
Fire Officers

PAT testing certificates are provided to the client after portable appliance testing has been completed. The PAT certificates show that the company is maintaining compliance with health and safety regulations by having their electrical equipment inspected for damage and/or risks; to ensure the maintenance is being kept to the necessary levels. The certificate acts as evidence that the duty holder responsible responsible for equipment maintenance has taken the necessary action to ensure safety.

IPAT Ltd.  use PAT testing certificates to provide their customers with the certificates needed to show proof that they are compliant. Certificates normally will include details about the test showing which portable appliances have been tested and which have failed.

Persons performing testing who are permitted to offer PAT testing certificates have to be deemed competent to perform […]