Several years ago I wrote a post that appeared on another blog site about how a prospective client had been ripped off and left unprotected by an unscrupulous contractor.
In short; they had about 400 items to be tested and tagged and the contractor they engaged did them all in just a few hours.
Their client saw the tags and assumed everything had been done in accordance with AS/NZS 3760.
What really happened was the contractor got paid over $1,000 to put stickers onto appliances and not a single appliance was tested and tagged. The client had been ripped off and any defective appliances would still have been in service.
In my books that’s not only blatant fraud it’s also activity that puts people’s lives at risk.
That contracting business is still operating and probably still ripping people off. I know from my industry experience they are not the only ones who do this.
What can you do to prevent being ripped off?
I came up with three quick things you should get from any test and tag contractor (or technician) you engage;
If they can’t supply them, wont supply them or want to charge you for them, then alarm bells should be ringing.
Remember, if someone gets an electric shock injury from a defective appliance, Worksafe could regard you as being the “workplace responsible person” and hold you accountable for ensuring the testing and tagging was done in a fully compliant manner.