1. Yes the terminals can and do work loose. I have found some I did last year which I know were tight, have become loose.
2. It is not illegal to continue to use a plug with un-insulated pins, but advisable to change them. It IS however illegal to fit a plug without insulated pins to an item. I always change them when I find them.
Thanks for that. Noted. I've since also decided to change modern "bakelite" type plugs. Too much rough handling resulting in chips and cracks. Just found a few with exposed earth pins. Easily visible when they're plugged in so one wonders why some people still plug them in? We do have policies/procedures etc but it's not very often staff report things !?!
DN163NG wrote:I've since also decided to change modern "bakelite" type plugs. Too much rough handling resulting in chips and cracks.
Quite right too. Any plugs that are identified as being subject to harsh treatment and rough handling should be of the 'resilient' type, marked as BS 1363A, as opposed to 'non-resilient', marked only as BS 1363.
Getting people to report is a real problem here too. I carry a camera, many pics to OH&S. Last was a grad student who'd spent the last 6 months facing a GPO pulled out from the wall, at a distance of 2'. "But I never noticed it..."