News & Views

18th February 2016

Save someone’s life – spread the word about faulty cables

12 Feb 2016

Thousands of Australian homes and businesses have been fitted with faulty electrical cabling and time is running out to eliminate the risk of electrocution and fire.

Infinity and Olsen-branded electrical cables that failed to meet mandatory electrical safety standards are still installed around the nation. Testing of TPS and Orange Round cables found that they could become brittle, leading to a potential safety hazard if the insulation cracks.

“The risk of fire and shock from these brands of faulty cables has always been a key concern for our sector,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association, Suresh Manickam.

“With almost 2,000 kilometres of Infinity Cables still currently installed in homes and businesses, the risk of danger only worsens as time goes on.”

“To this end, NECA encourages and supports the ACCC’s awareness campaign that seeks to remove faulty cabling. The ACCC reminds us that a failure to remediate known concerns could lead to a fine, prosecution, financial liability and potentially the loss of life.”

“I encourage NECA members, and the wider industry, to be aware of this notice and to pass the message on. It may help to save someone’s life, family or home.” Mr Manickam concluded.

More information about the Infinity Cable recall can be found here.

To view or download the ACCC Infinity Cables Bulletin for Infinity Cables, click here.

-ENDS-

 

Media enquiries and interviews

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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its Legal firm, Group Training and the NECA Colleges (in WA) and EcoSmart Electricians – and has joint ventures with a superannuation company (NSW) and one of the national cabling registrars (ACRS).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
  8. For further information go to www.neca.asn.au.

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