Fine shock for faulty adaptor
A CANNINGTON retailer has been fined $5000 for selling a potentially fatal travel adaptor.
PC Master Pty Ltd, trading as itech, did not attend Perth Magistrates Court on October 9, where it was found guilty of breaching the Electricity Act.
The court was told inspectors from Building and Energy attended PC Master’s itech mobile phone repair and accessory store at Carousel shopping centre in May 2018. The inspectors identified an international travel adaptor for sale that did not have the electrical safety certification required for it to be sold in Australia.
It also had uninsulated pins, which are banned in WA for almost all electrical appliances and equipment.
Energy safety director Saj Abdoolakhan urged consumers and retailers to stop using or selling the adaptor, which has a green tab and comes in blue packaging with a pixelated graphic, a tick logo and the word ‘ROHS’. “Uninsulated pins are very dangerous and have led to electric shock deaths from contact with the live metal pins when a device is plugged in,” Mr Abdoolakhan said. “Outlet devices are classed as high-risk equipment and must have an official certification mark and approval number showing they have been approved for sale.” PC Master was also ordered to pay costs of $766.