One of our members has informed us that one of their vessels, operating in the Gulf of Mexico, has reported that a number of ‘dangerous transformers’ have appeared onboard from an unknown source.
Below is a picture of one of the transformers.
- The transformers have no earth and thus do not comply with relevant class (class I equipment – earthed) for appliances of this kind;
- The transformers are not double insulated and in fact have a metal casing. This does not comply with the relevant class (class II equipment – double insulated) for appliances of this kind;
- The lead has two plugs and the transformer two sockets. It is possible to plug a 220v supply into the 110v socket and produce 440v;
- If power is fed to the transformer then both sockets become live and there is a high risk of somebody being electrocuted.
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