Laptop Trolley Safety Alert
We have received a letter from Ergo, who provided laptops and a trolley to us a few years ago. The HSE has issued a statement regarding laptop trolleys and their lack of CE marks.
HSE - Services - Education ? Information sources / Guidance - Laptop computer charging trolleys safety alert
Ergo outlined the issues to us in a letter dated the 10th of October.
Firstly the trolleys do not have a CE mark, which doesn't necessarily make them unsafe but without assurances from the manufacturer, they represent an unquantifiable risk.
Secondly there is a concern raised about the residual voltage on the pins of the plug which could cause a shock.
Thirdly there is a risk of damage to the power cables (being run over for example) which is a particular risk on trolleys using more than one cable.
Lastly the HSE requires all none CE approved trolleys to be operated with earth leakage trips either on the disboard, or the mains plug itself.
Ergos full response is here…
Ergo today have sent us a compliance pack, which is basically some cable tidy to wrap around the trolleys cables so they are kept together, and some signs warning of potential dangers. They also advise that all staff are trained in the proper use of the trolley (ie. switch off the plug before unplugging it).
I suspect this all comes from the guy in Bradford who got zapped last Christmas.
Anyone else been contacted? Do you think this is a little over the top, or perhaps an accident waiting to happen?
HSE Laptop Trolley Safety Alert Video update
Hi, LapSafe had a video on their BETT stand regarding this, just saw it posted on their website, certainly shed some light if you are still unsure about the whole thing and why that guy got zapped by the Monarch? trolley. HSE-Trolley-Safety-Update