HSE Issues Laptop Computer Charging Trolley Safety Alert to Schools

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29 November, 2019

The HSE has issued a safety warning to schools regarding the use of laptop computer charging trolleys.

A HSE investigation into an incident involving a laptop charging trolley found that when a 3-pin plug supplying the trolley was removed from the supply socket there was sufficient stored electric charge on the pins of the plug to give the user an electric shock.

In addition, the HSE reports that some trolleys have been identified that have two supply cables contrary to good electrical engineering practice, inadequate plug and cable storage facilities and unsuitable earth terminations.

The HSE has confirmed that not all trolleys are necessarily dangerous but recommends that schools who use such trolleys should take the following precautions:

  • Check if the computer charging trolley has a CE mark and the Declaration of Conformity proving it is safe and fit for sale in the EEA.
  • Ensure computer charging trolleys are only be used by adults (HSE necessary minimum precautions can be found here).
  • Ensure all electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition and used within manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Arrange for the condition of the equipment to be monitored by a competent person who can visually check for damage before the electrical product is used.

For more information contact Ridwaan Omar in our Education department via email or phone on 01254 222457. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

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