Electrical systems and appliances degrade due to many factors – time, general use and physical damage. Electricity can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal if your electrical systems are not installed and maintained correctly.
With this in mind, it is worth mentioning that insurance companies all assume that you are following the basic IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) guidelines regarding electrical safety; this generally means that you need to implement an on-going inspection programme to verify the condition of all of your company’s and/or domestic electrical systems. This should also include basic user checks by your staff as well as periodic checks by suitably competent persons, such as your professional electrical service provider. If you are not following the guidelines, you may find that in the event of an incident occurring, your insurance company assessor may request records to show that you were complying with the guidelines regarding electrical safety. If they deem that you were not, then they may only offer a small percentage of the payout or even refuse to pay at all, citing that you have been negligent with your safety responsibilities. Even if you have been following the recommendations for electrical inspecting, they may look closely to ensure that you have been adhering to the recommendations noted on your Electrical Installation Condition Report (formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report).
If in the unlikely and horrific event that your certificates or reports have been destroyed by fire, you should contact your electrical services provider for copies. This is why it is prudent to only use reputable companies who backup customer reports and records, just in case the worst does happen. ACtest holds all records electronically and has its own disaster recovery plan, including electronic secure off-site backup systems, just in case the worst happens to us!
I am sure that you would like peace of mind that electrical injury will be avoided on your watch.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous electrical contractors do exist and are only interested in taking your money with little or no regard for your safety. We often find potentially lethal and lethal faults. Previously this year, we were called out to help a family in Barnet, North London, to repair a cable which had been accidentally cut by a double glazing fitter. Our engineer quickly made the installation safe and started the basic consumer unit safety checks before commencing works. He was horrified to find that the RCD (Residual Current Device), which is used to provide fire and electrical shock protection in the event of a fault, had been bypassed by a short length of 10mm cable rendering the installation unsafe! The client was shocked and annoyed as they had only had a rewire done a few years ago and were not issued any paperwork and, therefore, had no way of tracing the rogue trader! This lack of work ethic and behaviour are totally unacceptable in the eyes of all of us at ACtest and we do not tolerate it.
When undertaking a new customer’s PAT Inspection or Electrical Installation Condition Report, it is also unfortunate that our engineers find that previous inspections performed by other providers are not always carried out correctly with several potentially hazardous faults being overlooked (there are tell-tale indicators that a good inspector will spot). Often companies who cut corners have a ‘get-out-clause’; for example, in the case of an incident occurring on your premises, they can simply say “It wasn’t like that when I looked at it”, leaving you legally high and dry! This is just another reason why you should be very careful when selecting your electrical installation or maintenance provider. Remember that electrical safety is no accident, it is a condition that needs careful planning, installation and maintenance.
Contact us now to find out more reasons why you should choose ACtest as your electrical service provider that you can trust so can sleep well at night!