Home electrical work causes fatality

DIY electrical work is thought to be the cause of the recent death of a man. The accident is being investigated but at this stage is thought to be caused by a home appliance repair job gone wrong. A vacuum cleaner with a powered brush head is suspected to be at the centre of the incident. The vacuum was found, taken apart barring extremely dangerous live parts.

The electrical team at Fallon Solutions wishes to reinforce to our customers that carrying out your own electrical work is not worth the risks to yourself or your family. Even simple, seemingly basic, electrical tasks can pose potentially deadly exposure to electrical currents.

Often this style of vacuum cleaner power brush head is powered by a flexible hose connected to the main unit, sometimes permanently connected. Authorities warn that caution needs to be taken when clearing blockages from the vacuum head and metal wand. Always unplug the vacuum cleaner from the power point before trying to unblock attachments and follow the manufacturers operating instructions. If you can’t get rid of the blockage without dismantling the vacuum take it to a licenced appliance repairer or electrician for maintenance.

Never try to fix the appliance yourself.
Always remember –

  • Carry out regular checks of all your appliances, electrical cords and electrical equipment and stop using if you notice damage or wear.
  • Ensure your home has a working safety switch and test it every 3 months.
  • Take faulty appliances to licenced repairers or a licenced electrician.
  • Unplug appliances before undertaking any maintenance.

For more information visit – worksafe.qld.gov.au