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Dangerous cables being sold in NZ should be a warning for Australian authorities

MEDIA RELEASE

23 August 2017

The Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) is warning about a non-compliant and unsafe TPS cable being supplied and sold in New Zealand.

ACA Chairman Greg Stack said that extreme caution must be taken regarding the significant safety risk posed by this cable.

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Infinity fine not a deterrent

MEDIA RELEASE

9 June 2017

Recently the NSW Supreme Court issued a minimal fine to Lu Luo, Director of Infinity Cable Pty. Ltd, of only $18,000 for breaches of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004. Infinity were involved in importing more than 4,300km of defective electric cable which by some estimates may have been installed in as many as 22,000 homes and business across the country. Chairman of the Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) Greg Stack said that the penalty imposed on Infinity Cable is simply not enough and it sends the wrong message to the industry.

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Cable manufacturers back concerns about slow recall of faulty products

MEDIA RELEASE
May 4, 2015

The Australian Cablemakers Association today endorsed concerns raised by the ACCC about the slow progress of the recall for faulty Infinity and Olsent brand electrical cables. ACA Chairman Andrew Davenport said the consumer watchdog's admission today that less than two per cent of the dangerous cable had been removed and replaced should ring alarm bells for regulators and politicians across the nation.

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Second Major Cable Recall Raises Serious Questions Around Product Safety

MEDIA RELEASE

January 23, 2015

Second major cable recall raises serious questions around product safety

The Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) has today demanded urgent government action to protect life and property, following another widespread recall of imported faulty cables.

ACA Chairman Andrew Davenport has written to state and territory Ministers responsible for electrical safety regulation, outlining a five-point plan for overhauling the enforcement process for electrical products.

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ECABLES Liquidation

January 20, 2015

 Collapse of cable company highlights serious flaws in electrical safety regime

The collapse of an electrical cable import business following a national recall of faulty product has highlighted serious flaws in the process for approving products for sale, the Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) said today.

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Energy Safe Victoria recall of Ecables product

The Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) has welcomed the mandatory recall on some Ecables branded power cable sold between January 2011 and June 2014.

Energy Safe Victoria issued the recall today, following ACA testing which showed the cable was non-compliant due to a cabling fault.

ACA Chairman Andrew Davenport said the recall applies to Ecables Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) power cable with RE110 insulation, sold from January 2011, which has predominantly been used for major projects such as apartment buildings, hotels and commercial installations in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.

“This cabling is designated to operate at temperatures up to 110°C and to conduct low-voltage power up to 1000 V, which means it is supposed to be able to withstand higher load currents than similar size but lower temperature-rated cables,” Mr Davenport said.

“The cable is marked as rated to a conductor temperature of 110°C, but comprehensive testing has shown that the insulation fails at temperatures well below this rating and that the cable insulation actually melts if the temperature reaches 110°C.

“Similarly, if the cable is operated at its rated current-carrying capacity then the heat from the conductor causes severe and dangerous insulation deformation.

“This would leave the live conductors exposed and present a serious risk of fire, electrical injury or electrocution.

“It’s impossible to anticipate the future operating conditions for installed cable, even if it is not currently exposed to higher temperatures,” he said.

Today’s recall comes on the back of a full recall on dangerous Infinity and Olsent-branded cables, the largest of its type in Australia’s history.

“ACA believes this insulation failure is even more dangerous and concerning than Infinity and Olsent – where they will break down over time, these faulty Ecables products present immediate danger,” he said.

 In its recall notices, ESV said testing showed the cable was non-compliant due to a manufacturing fault that identified the cable’s insulation sheath had not been cross-linked. It said due to the non cross-linking, the cable’s mechanical properties are reduced with the increase of temperature, which can allow access to live parts if the cable is subjected to pressure like cable ties, the weight of other cables or accidental penetration from foreign objects.

ESV and Ecables are in the process of finalising the recall strategy, to be actioned early in 2015.  The full recall notice can be found on the Energy Safe Victoria website.

New Victorian Government must urgently address dangerous cable

MEDIA RELEASE

December 10, 2014

New Victorian Government must urgently address dangerous cable

The Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) has urged the new Victorian State Government to act urgently to address the risk to life and property caused by the recalled ECABLES products.

ACA Chairman Andrew Davenport has written to Premier Daniel Andrews and Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio warning them of the serious and complex electrical safety issue they had inherited, and calling for urgent action.

A voluntary trade recall has been issued for Ecables Copper Clad Aluminium RE 110 Insulated power cables, after testing showed the
insulation would melt at its approved operating temperature – exposing live conductors and creating a serious risk of fire or electrical shock.

However, the recall does not mandate the removal of the faulty product, which has been used widely in Victoria for major projects such as apartment buildings, hotels and commercial installations.

In his letters to the new Minister and Premier, Mr Davenport urges them to order the complete removal of all the dangerous product.

"ACA believes this insulation failure is even more dangerous and concerning than the recently recalled Infinity and Olsent cables," Mr Davenport said.

"This is not a situation of this Government's making, but it is one that must be dealt with as a matter of the highest priority.

"We believe the situation warrants a complete recall, and a high-profile public safety campaign to create awareness of the dangers among apartment and property owners, to prompt them to check with their electrical contractors about whether this product has been used.

"We also ask for more transparency from the state regulators about precisely how much of the product has been sold, and how much has been installed. At this stage it is very difficult to gauge the extent of the problem, although we do know that most of
the product was sold in Victoria over two and a half years between January 2012 and June 2014.

"Property owners in Victoria deserve to know that their premises are safe, and that their lives won't be put at risk by dangerous
electrical cable. However, without a mandatory and complete recall, this problem will remain in place to become a major danger in years to come."

We understand that the new government will have many pressing issues and priorities on its plate. However, this issue relates to the safety of life and property, and this is the reason we believe it must be addressed very promptly."

 

Second round of dangerous electrical cables sparks fresh warnings

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November 27, 2014
 
Second round of dangerous electrical cables sparks fresh warnings
 
The Australian Cablemakers Association (ACA) has today warned of serious risk of fire and electric shock from yet another batch of faulty electrical cables which has been sold and installed over the last three years.
 
A voluntary trade recall has been issued for Ecables Copper Clad Aluminium RE 110 Insulated power cables, following sustained testing and advocacy by the ACA.
It is believed the products have been predominantly used for major projects such as apartment buildings, hotels and commercial installations.
The new recall comes just months after a full recall on dangerous Infinity and Olsent-branded cables – the largest of its type in Australia’s history.
 
ACA Chairman Andrew Davenport said the latest round of cable recalls applies to Ecables CCA product sold between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.
“This cabling is designated to operate at temperatures up to 110 degrees Celsius and to conduct low-voltage power up to 1000V, which means it is supposed to be able to withstand higher load currents than similar size but lower temperature rated cables,” Mr Davenport said. “The cable is marked as rated to a conductor temperature of 110 degrees Celsius, but comprehensive testing has shown that the insulation fails at temperatures well below this rating, and that the cable insulation actually melts if the temperature reaches 110 degrees.
“Similarly, if the cable is operated at its rated current carrying capacity then the heat from the conductor causes severe and dangerous insulation deformation.
“This would leave the live conductors exposed and present a serious risk of fire, electrical injury or electrocution.
“ACA believes this insulation failure is even more dangerous and concerning than the recently recalled Infinity and Olsent cables.”
 
Mr Davenport said the recall applied to all cable currently in the inventory of electrical contractors, as well as product that had been installed in situations where it is exposed to temperatures of 50 degrees or more. However, he said ACA wanted a complete recall of all product, to ensure the safety of buildings and their occupants.
“It’s impossible to anticipate the future operating conditions for installed cable, even if it is not currently exposed to higher temperatures.
 
 
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Coming Soon - Electrical Cable Handling Industry Guide

The ACA (through its Work Health Safety & Environment Sub-committee) and Simons Transport have joined a working group with the Electrical Wholesalers Association of Australia (EWAA) to develop an Electrical Cable Handling Industry Guide for the safe transport and handling of cable drums, inclusive of identifying and adopting a standard model for Chain of Responsibility compliance. The Guide will form part of the Electrical Cable Logistics Safety Code (ECLSC) which is being developed by the EWAA and the Australian Logistics Council. The ACA will be a participating member of the ECLSC.

Cable girl scandal could cost $80 million

Source: news.com.au

THE "cable girl" scandal that has left time bombs in 40,000 Australian homes and businesses will cost at least $80 million to fix.

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