Wiring a plug - making them safe in class

Nick Mitchener

COMMITTEE
One can envisage a situation where an employer is faced with a charge of corporate manslaughter where the management uses every devious means to shift the blame onto someone else that just happens to have the specialised knowledge to know that their action could result in dangerous consequences; they have the money, they have the lawyers, and they did not get where they are they are by rolling over and accepting the blame.
No doubt they would try, but CLEAPSS advice is quite clear, it's the teachers that go to prison.
 
One can envisage a situation where an employer is faced with a charge of corporate manslaughter where the management uses every devious means to shift the blame onto someone else that just happens to have the specialised knowledge to know that their action could result in dangerous consequences; they have the money, they have the lawyers, and they did not get where they are by rolling over and accepting the blame.
Emphasis mine

CLEAPSS have always been very clear on this - technicians are never indicted in these circumstances for one reason and one reason only - we don't have any money for them to claim (and largely neither do the teachers)

Now the MAT, LEA or school itself... they have money and are (according to CLEAPSS) always the body named in any legal action for that reason
Even if the HSE wanted to bring one of us to trial, we don't have the finances to pay any fine handed down
 
I have tried to bend the pins as suggested in CLEAPSS, and so have the tech department. We both failed. There needs to be guidance on an alternative procedure put forward.
 

Nick Mitchener

COMMITTEE
Bending the pins is easy, if you are struggling it is your technique that needs changing. Can you show pics of what you do and I will try to set it up for you? It is quick and easy to do you just need a bench vice and a couple of small bits of bar plus a hammer.
 
Thank you for your offer of help Nick, but I have tried many times. I clamp the plug in the vice as suggested but the pins break. I drilled and pot riveted the pins in the end. In my opinion, an alternative method needs to be supplied.
 

Nick Mitchener

COMMITTEE
If the pins break you are hitting them too much, trying to get too much bend. It is a tried and tested method, it works. If you are doing it the right way and it isn't working it is operator error I'm afraid not the fault of the method.

There is one thing that could be done which would reduce the need for good technique. Take the earth pins out, heat to cherry red and allow to cool. Put them back in and try again, hit them very gently though now it won't take much at all.
 
If it's any help, I take the earth pin out, as I can't get the intact plug in my clunky vice in any position where I can work on the pin. I then gently hit the pin a few times to start it bending. When it's bent about half as much as I need, I move it down a bit more into the vice, to avoid having all the stress in one small area of the metal, and bend it some more. I broke a couple of pins, until I hit on the idea of moving it a bit (a few mm is enough), and haven't broken any since. Getting the bent pin back into the plug has required a few encouraging words at times, but I've not had to resort to detergent or anything quite yet!
 

Nick Mitchener

COMMITTEE
If it's any help, I take the earth pin out, as I can't get the intact plug in my clunky vice in any position where I can work on the pin. I then gently hit the pin a few times to start it bending. When it's bent about half as much as I need, I move it down a bit more into the vice, to avoid having all the stress in one small area of the metal, and bend it some more. I broke a couple of pins, until I hit on the idea of moving it a bit (a few mm is enough), and haven't broken any since. Getting the bent pin back into the plug has required a few encouraging words at times, but I've not had to resort to detergent or anything quite yet!
I doubt anybody can get a plug in a vice without the two bits of bar. They are a vital part of the procedure. If you can get the pin in againI would think you have not bent it enough.
 
I doubt anybody can get a plug in a vice without the two bits of bar. They are a vital part of the procedure. If you can get the pin in againI would think you have not bent it enough.
I check each one to make sure there's no way they can ever be put into a socket. No plugs go out that could be plugged in. With the bend spread over a greater proportion of the pin length, it is just about possible to get it back in the plug.
 
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