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Non-compliant generators sold in Tasmania could kill

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Safety authorities have warned that some power generators that were sold in Tasmania after bushfires earlier this year are potentially deadly.

The ABC reports that a Victorian imported 700 generators into Australia from China following the fires. The units have incorrect power sockets which could be potentially deadly if used with the supplied cable and alligator clips.

According to Roy Ormerod from Tasmania's Workplace Standards Authority, about 50 of the generators were sold to Tasmanian bushfire victims in January and February.

"If you put the plug and the alligator clips into the wrong, into the 240 volt outlet, and touch the alligator clips to the end then of course you get a nasty shock and potentially it could be deadly and we actually did have a fatality in the 1980s when a similar problem occurred," Ormerod said.

"There's about 50 that were sold in Tasmania mainly through one hardware store and we believe most of them in Kingston ended up with bushfire victims."

‘Global sourcing’ is becoming more widespread throughout the electrical industry. This has thrown up the issue of non-compliant products finding their way into Australia.

In response, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and electrical industry information portal Voltimum recently launched the “Does it Comply" campaign.

The campaign coincides with the ERAC decision to implement the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) where all suppliers of electrical product and some specific high risk electrical equipment will be registered on a national database.

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