DODGY chargers that failed crucial safety checks were discovered at an electrical goods suppliers in Edmonton.
Baruch Enterprises, a company that describes itself as “a multi-million pound distributor of batteries, camera film and multimedia products” and its director were ordered to pay costs and fines of more than £12,000 after they were prosecuted by Enfield Council for supplying dangerous goods.
Emil Baruch, 55, of Manor Hall Avenue, Hendon, and Baruch Enterprises based in Pegamoid Road, Edmonton, both pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying dangerous goods and failing to supply documents to prove all of the safety assessments had been carried out prior to placing the goods on the market, at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court last month.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Daniel Anderson, said:
“It is completely unacceptable for businesses to flout these regulations.
“Safety labelling schemes are there for a reason. They provide consumers’ protection as well as confidence that the electrical products they are using are safe.
“Any individual or business which circumvents these regulations is putting at risk the lives of unwitting customers. I therefore hope that this sentence acts as a strong deterrent to any company tempted to ignore safety regulations.”
The prosecution by Enfield Council trading standards officers came following a tip off from Halton Trading Standards that they had test purchased a charger, which did not comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
This had been bought from Baruch Enterprises by a Manchester company.
They visited Baruch and took a sample of the charger, which was tested, but failed a second time. The company was then asked to produce the “technical file” and “declaration of conformity” for the product, which shows that they have carried out all the checks and testing necessary to apply the CE (European Safety Mark), but couldn’t.