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Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters Due to Electrocution Hazard (Multiple Models)

The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard. Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter.

The models include:

  • EX650 and 655
  • MA160
  • MA61
  • MA63

These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode. Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. Only serial numbers in this range are included in the recall. The “EXTECH” logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. The digital clamp meters are green and orange.

Link to DOE Article

Link to Consumer Products Safety Commissions (CSPC) Article

 

 

 

DJL Portable Cabinet Luminaire Poses Shock Hazard

Intertek posts Public Notice warning users of select ETL listed portable cabinet light potential shock hazard. Recommends users return products listed to manufacturer, DJL electric devices. Click Here for details. The complex has had an issue with this light as well. If you have a light with the same model number listed, notify your divisional Electrical Safety Advocate or Electrical Safety Officer listed on the Lab’s Electrical Safety Website (Contact Us).

Operating Experience Level 3 – Frequent Hazardous Electrical Energy Related Events

OE-3 ImageThis Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides information about a safety concern related to frequent hazardous electrical energy events during work at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. In the first 5 months of 2016, three dozen hazardous electrical energy events were reported to the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS), with some sites indicating that additional hazardous electrical energy events were entered into site systems because they were considered “sub-ORPS.” Most of the reports (32 of 36, or 88%) indicated that no corrective actions (CAs) had been assigned.

The potential danger of contact with electricity cannot be overstated. If CAs are not assigned every time a seemingly insignificant electrical event occurs, there is the real possibility that the next event may be fatal.

Click here OE-3 2016-06 to download this alert.

May is Electrical Safety Month at DOE

The electrical industry established May as National Electrical Safety Month many years ago, and, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), May is the time to begin year-round electrical safety awareness efforts. This year, the Department of Energy (DOE), through the efforts of the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), is planning to participate by focusing on “Look Alike Equipment” throughout the month.

In 2010, a sharp increase in electrical safety events beginning in 2009 caught the interest of the EFCOG Electrical Safety Subgroup (EFCOG ESSG), so the subgroup chartered a Hazardous Energy Control (HEC) subcommittee to analyze the events.  The subcommittee’s efforts ultimately resulted in the May 2011 Electrical Safety Month campaign for the DOE Complex. The subcommittee continues this year with another effort focused on look alike equipment. Use the links below for this year’s materials.  We encourage you to disseminate this information among your fellow workers.

PowerPoint (Click to download)
Look-A-Like 01PPTX Look-A-Like 02PPTX
Summary of DOE Complex Electrical Events Involving Look Alike – 2016   The Dangers of Look Alike Equipment – 2016
Posters (Click to download)
Look-A-Like Poster 01 Look-A-Like Poster 02
Look-A-Like Poster 03 Stop the Confusion 01
Stop the Confusion 02

Additional Information Available

This year’s ESFI campaign features Electrical Safety Illustrated magazine, which discusses timely electrical safety issues and equips consumers with the knowledge to protect their homes, families, and communities from electrical hazards.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year involve some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. These fires result in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage.  Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires, and ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to educate the public in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented by understanding basic electrical safety principles and by taking simple precautions.  This year’s campaign features a collection of easily sharable safety resources that provide a fundamental understanding of electrical safety to encourage everyone to use electricity and electrical equipment safely.

Electrical Safety Illustrated features content which includes resources that provide an illustrated guide that break downs the importance of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), extension cord safety, Test Before Touch, and Lockout/Tagout.

Help champion the cause of minimizing electrically-related deaths and injuries by sharing this information with co-workers, friends and family, and by checking both your home and workplace for electrical hazards!

Electrical Safety Month ESFI website

Faulty Vornado Space Heater Recall and Space Heater Safety

Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory:

On Thursday, January 7th, 2016 a Vornado Type 110 space heater at LANL failed and completely melted. This was a listed device and other Vornado models are thought to be safe.

Vornado has issued a recall on all Type 110 heaters manufactured in 2013. The year of manufacture is printed on the equipment label as shown in the picture attached.

Vornado Recall

For recalls on other space heaters, visit the CPSC webpage here.

Reminder on Space Heater Safety:

  • Assure that the space heater is listed by UL, TUV, ETL, or CSA (see label on bottom or side).
  • Always plug heater directly into facility receptacle, never into extension cords or relocatable power taps. Make sure the plug is not loose in the outlet.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer’s warnings on cord label and/or in manual.
  • If heater power cord or wall receptacle feels hot to the touch, discontinue use.
  • Unplug heater when no in use.
  • Avoid leaving heater running when unattended, in offices.
  • Place heater out of traffic and on a level, flat surface (carpet is ok).
  • Avoid placing heaters on furniture or countertops.
  • Keep front of heater 3 feet away from combustibles.
  • Do not operate damaged heater, if dropped, or with a damaged cord.
  • Do not run heater cord under carpet. Place cord out of foot traffic.
  • Do not use two heaters on the same circuit (e.g., in the same office area).
  • If a breaker trips in your area, contact your facility contact person.
  • NOTE: there is no need to test tiltover action. If it is listed and not recalled, it is ok. The fan may stay on, when turned face down, that is proper on certain settings.

See more information on space heater safety requirements at LBNL in PUB-3000 Chapter 12, Fire Prevention and Protection, WP I, Use of Portable Heating Devices.

Operating Experience Level 3 – Electrical Safety: Shocks

OE-3 2015-03_Page_1This Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides information about a safety concern related to electric shocks workers have received while performing work at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.

From January 1, 2012 through May 1, 2015, 249 reports were filed in the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS) with Keyword 12C, Electrical Safety.

Click the document image to download this alert.

Safety Alert 2015-005: Non-NRTL MacBook Power Adapter Catches Fire

Mac Book Power Adapter

A GPK Systems (after market, non-NRTL) MacBook power adapter was plugged in to a 120-Volt outlet when it began to flame and smoke. The adapter was unplugged, stopping the fire, but leaving soot on the table.

The stress point on the cord appears to have weakened the wire, causing heat to build up and eventually caused a fire.

Download Safety Alert 2015-005: Non-NRTL MacBook Power Adapter Catches Fire

Safety Alert 2015-004: Worker Shocked by Loose Plug

Loose Plug 01

An Electronics Engineering Technologist received a 120 VAC minor electrical shock to the right index finger.

A portable work light was plugged into a rack-mounted outlet strip. The plug had backed out partially from the receptacle. When the employee reached in to perform work, they did not see this condition and their fingertip brushed up against the exposed, energized prong of the plug.

The outlet strip is inside and facing towards the front of the cabinet.

The employee immediately reported the shock and was sent to medical for evaluation. Following an EKG with no abnormalities detected, the employee was released with no injury.

Download Safety Alert 2015-004: Worker Shocked by Loose Plug

Safety Alert 2015-003: Apple Power Adapter Breaks in Outlet When Unplugged

IMG_1199The blade sticking out of the pictured outlet is from a power adapter that was powering an Apple (Mac) laptop, plugged into a 120-Volt outlet. When the user, a Network Engineer, attempted to unplug the power adapter from the outlet, the blade in the “hot” side of the outlet broke free of the power adapter and remained in the outlet.

This condition presented a serious shock hazard to the user. Had he not been attentive to the equipment condition, a serious injury could have occurred. While this incident occurred at home, the proliferation of Apple-branded products encouraged the Network Engineer to share the experience with co-workers.

Download Safety Alert 2015-003: Apple Power Adapter

Safety Alert 2015-002: LOTO Hasp Breaks When Challenging Lock During LOTO

IMG_2888Facility Electricians had de-energized and performed zero energy verification for a piece of equipment as part of a Lockout/Tagout procedure. A multi-lock hasp was applied to the energy isolation as part of the LOTO.

An Engineering Technician planning to work on the LOTO’d equipment placed his lock and tag on the hasp, along with the other locks already applied. The technician noticed that the hasp was cocked at an odd angle. He then challenged the lock by tugging on it several times to ensure it was latched, per his LOTO training. The metal of the hasp snapped.

An immediate stop work was called, and Facilities electricians were called to re-establish and re-verify the LOTO before work continued. Read the full Alert for more information and recommendations:

Safety Alert 2015-002_Broken LOTO Hasp