Safety Alert – Faulty Circuit Breaker Could Cause Electric Shock

Just putting out a safety alert to electricians and end users of older electrical switchboards.

We have recently encountered a situation where the casing of and old style Clipsal circuit breaker was found to be live. We had never seen this before and want to put the word out that this could cause electric shock to any member of the public. Being a member of NECA – National Electrical & Communications Association, we have reported it to them and also to the Qld. Electrical Safety Office for an awareness campaign.

Fortunately this was discovered with a non contact voltage test pencil, however it could have easily resulted in an electric shock.

If you have any of these circuit breakers in your switchboard or have seen any around we suggest you contact a trusted electrical contractor to change these out. They are typically very old though still commonly found in residential and commercial switchboards from time to time. They are clearly identifiable by their distinct brown colour. Please share this around to help prevent unecessary electric shock.

Faulty Clipsal MCB

Electric ian | Voltec Services | Switch to a trusted electrician

Are you looking for quality and trusted electrical services?

Voltec Services electricians provide the full range of data and electrical services to all types of residential & commercial customers throughout the Townsville Region. Every electrician on our team receives regular training, is fully qualified, experienced, licenced, and insured to ensure you get the best, most up to date service possible.

Our electricians provide the best service

Our team of electricians have received excellent feedback from customers. Voltec Services only employs accredited master electricians to ensure that you are receiving services from the best electricians in Townsville.

Why choose our electrical Services?

  • You get value from a small business that respects your time. We will always call you back and turn up when we say we will.
  • You get a clean finish every time.
  • You get free expert advice. Our customers rely on our advice to get the right products and ultimately get the result they want

So if you are looking for an electrical contractor in Townsville that will turn up on time and carry out the work in a cost effective and time effective manner give Ryan at Voltec Services a call.





If you don’t see your particular requirement listed above, please give Ryan a call to discuss your project.

(Yes, electrician is spelt incorrectly in the title. But we are always looking at ways to reach you in google.)

connecting device

How To Prevent Equipment Down Time In Your Business (PART 1)


Have you ever cringed when the power goes off unexpectedly because the electricians are on site finding a circuit?

How many spreadsheets or emails have you lost because the power has gone out and you hadn’t saved the work?

As electricians we regularly find switchboards that do not have sufficient or updated labelling. The same goes for specific power outlets and lights. In the past it has been a matter of turning off one circuit at a time to find the right one. In the meantime this has disrupted everybody in the office and most likely your customers too.

Here is the other thing I didn’t mention. The old method usually takes more time and more than one person to identify. So the labour cost increases.

Some electricians still do it this way.

Voltec Services utilises a range of modern equipment for its daily work and one such tool is a safety switch tester. We know how important it is to minimise disruption to your business operations so we use this tool to trip the circuit remotely so it can very easily be identified.

All other circuits stay on. Business as usual.

We use this method in just about every situation. Here is how it works:

  • No identification of areas, light numbers or specific outlet numbers.

2016-04-26 08.53.17

  • This is the light circuit to be isolated for repairs.

2016-04-26 09.28.39

  • Connect device

2016-04-26 09.39.51

  • Trip device

2016-04-26 09.39.37

  • Power off device

Tripped Circuit

  • Find tripped circuit.

Lock on to Safety Switch

  • Lock out for safety.

2016-04-26 10.07.40

Quick and easy as that!  All other circuits are still switched on. Interruption has been kept to an absolute minimum. The work can now go ahead safely.

If your Townsville business requires a Safety Inspection or any general electrical services call Ryan on 0438 214 425.