"These pictures show a Swiss laptop cord that was brought
into an Australian university.
The researcher intended to use it with a
suitable adaptor plug. The splice was covered in tape, but:
The earth pin has been removed from the
The cord has been cut and joined
The joins are made by twisting wires with
no mechanical device or solder securing the joins
Loose plastic sleeving has been placed
over the joins
Tape was placed over the whole splice"
"It gets worse. Having given my (the contributor) 'home' laptop
cord to the researcher I needed another one. I found one at work.
According to the label it was also of Swiss origin. The mains plug
had been replaced with an Australian one but it didn't grip the
outer sheath and the inner cores hadn't been looped around the
retainers. Of course, it had never been "tested and tagged" as it
would have failed the physical inspection. So, I went to change the
plug to a more suitable one. The attached photo is what I found. Not
connecting the earth is bad enough, but to leave it long enough that
it could move around and hit the active"
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