Faulty cables could lead to public liability injury claims

Date: Dec 22, 2015

Australian homeowners and tradespeople rely on equipment and building materials that operate as intended and ensure these structures are safe for occupants or people working on them.

However, the sheer range of objects and materials necessary to build a house or other structure can create a hidden danger if builders use faulty products. In cases where important parts of a structure fail, the incident can result in public liability injury claims.

A recent announcement from The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) highlighted these very dangers, as a product that is incredibly common around Australia is still dangerous to people who come into contact with it.

Infinity cables continue to be a hazard

The operation to recall a faulty batch of infinity cables has been underway around Australia for months, with the ACT government calling for its return as far back as August.

However, the latest report on the matter from the ACCC confirms that the dangerous product is still present in structures throughout Australia, creating an unnecessary risk for the public.

The danger in this product arises from the fact that its insulation coating is not up to the prescribed standards, meaning this protective layer degrades much faster than a faultless alternative would.

According to the ACCC, the faulty batch includes cabling the was produced between 2010 and 2013, and the onset of summer is likely to exacerbate these already well-known issues. The organisation revealed that almost 2,500 kilometres of Infinity cable is still unaccounted for, a fact that is becoming more concerning as high temperatures threaten to speed up the degradation process.

The ACCC also provided advice for concerned homeowners who could face public liability injury claims if the cabling causes incidents. ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard says homeowners that have recently installed new cabling should take the time to have their properties assessed for peace of mind’s sake.

“For as little as $100, an electrician will inspect your home and if Infinity cables are discovered, the cost of the inspection will be covered by the cable supplier along with the full cost of remediation,” she began.

“In some circumstances, suppliers, installers and property owners may be liable for any personal injury or property damage caused by Infinity cable installed in buildings.”

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