Tag Archives: safety

A waste of time

These brand new mains cables came in for recycling. Not only was it a waste of time test and tagging brand new cables but they ended up with us for recycling. We get hundreds of these cables both new and … Continue reading

Electrical tape and extension cords

This cable came in as part of a whole bunch of other stuff from an IT company. Not sure why someone would want to make one of these.  The mains plug to IEC connector is pretty easy to get hold … Continue reading

Water and electricity

This is one of the reasons why this type of mains plug should not be used in wet areas. It had arced between phase, neutral, and earth when wet, which carbonised the plastic of the plug. The other reason is … Continue reading

Unsafe solar controller

This solar controller came in for recycling. Notice the New Zealand mains plug used as part of the wiring.  This is potentially dangerous.  There is a possibility that it could be plugged into 230V AC mains power.  At best it … Continue reading

A real dodgy modification

I came across this real dodgy modification. This plug board came in for recycling. The original cord has been replaced with one that has no earth. Also, the replacement cable is the older two core type without an outer sheath. … Continue reading

Electrical appliance safety testing

Ecotech Services now offers electrical safety testing (test and tag) for plug in appliances both on site and delivered to our workshop.  This is a logical extension to the work that we have been doing to date. Alan Liefting, the … Continue reading

It is hard to do but don’t do it

Check out these 300mm long cables that came out of some gear that we recycled! I managed, with some difficulty, to get three tight coils out of  it.  The label is a complete waste of time, and I think some … Continue reading

Not impressed with you Acer

Now look here Acer.  I usually like your products.  They are generally pretty well made (we’ll overlook that case in the late 1990s where the edge connectors in one of your laptops had insufficient gold plating causing a fault common … Continue reading

Will the new safety laws do anything?

This is a previously unpublished article that was submitted to news organisations. In April the Health and Safety at Work Act will come into effect and it will be the first major change to workplace safety legislation in over twenty … Continue reading

Health and Safety Reform Bill

Ecotech Services welcomes the news that the Health and Safety Reform Bill has been amended by removing the requirement for a health and safety committee for organisations with less than 20 people.  This is a positive move for small businesses who … Continue reading