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PAT equipment passes the RNLI test

Martindale has won a contract to supply the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)'s beachfront lifeguard huts around England and Wales with EPAT1600’s, the company's mains powered PAT tester.

According to Mark Penberthy, RNLI Area Technical Assistant for the Penwith area of Cornwall, ensuring the safety of the lifeguards' working life is of paramount importance. In particular, all electrical equipment used in these demanding coastal environments needs to be safely earthed and insulated. The lifeguards' electrical equipment includes sophisticated communication systems, appliances, and rescue-related equipment. These can be attacked by moisture and salt corrosion, leading to short circuiting, risk of electrocution, and equipment failure.

Martindale's EPAT 1600 was chosen for its ability to perform high-speed, low-cost testing for compliance with Health and Safety Regulations. The mains-powered EPAT 1600 performs higher-current (25 Amp) ‘hard’ tests, plus ‘soft’ tests for IT equipment, check for blown fuses and carry out insulation tests.

The RNLI provides a seasonal lifeguard service on more than 150 of the UK’s busiest beaches. Last year, the charity’s lifeguards had a record year – responding to more than 13,500 incidents and helping nearly 16,000 people.

Says Steve Dunning, Managing Director of Martindale, said: "The RNLI lifeguards' aim on the beach is to prevent accidents before they happen. The adoption of the EPAT 1600, which is quick and easy to operate, also shows the charity’s proactive approach to accident prevention. Martindale also worked in conjunction with Satrex. to tailor a PAT training course to the specific needs of the lifeguards and the RNLI."

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