Do others bring electrical equipment into your workplace?

Dave the DJ has a mobile disco rig, he was booked by Steve and Anna to do a disco for their Wedding at the local hotel.

Dave set up on the Saturday afternoon in the dance hall and left his gear there, plugged in whilst Steve and Anna had their Wedding Breakfast. The evening was a success, everyone had a great time and the disco was superb, even granny got up for a dance.

It was about 4am when the night porter started to smell burning wafting through the hotel; he had a look around but couldn’t work out where it was coming from at first, until the fire alarm went off – the panel said the alarm had been triggered in the dance hall.

After the fire brigade put out the fire, luckily it hadn’t spread, but it was clear that Dave’s gear was the cause of the fire. It turned out Dave didn’t know whether it was safe – he kept it in his shed, and had never had it PAT tested. When the hotel applied to their insurance company for funds to cover the damage they were told that their insurance wouldn’t pay; Dave couldn’t afford to cover the costs either.

If you allow others into your premises, make sure their equipment is safe.


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I am Richard Ayre; editor for this site, owner of the site and the business, and a PAT testing engineer with over 10 years experience. I consider myself an expert in testing IT equipment in office environments; I have worked in many different industries for hundreds of different clients testing all kinds of electrical equipment. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association As well as being the business owner I am also an employer; based in Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also involved in the running of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association as Operations Director and joint founder. "PATTA" attends important meetings and provides representation for the smaller businesses that do PAT testing in the UK, when decisions are being made that affect them.