Electric shock incident involving a child in a hotel room

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
Worksafe received notification of an electric shock incident involving a child in a hotel room.
 
Accident ID: 
160623-01
 
Accident date: 
20 June 2016
 
Site: 
Commercial
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
230
 
Equipment: 
Clocks
 
Accident type: 
Electrical shock
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
Shock
 
Property damage level: 
No property damage
 
Outcome of investigation: 

The investigation found that the child was unlikely to have revived an electric shock when he pulled on the supply cord of an alarm clock in a hotel bedroom as there was no evidence found of a fault with the cord anchorage provision or the supply cord. However the tension applied to the cord was not adequately absorbed by the cord anchorage provision of the clock radio and resulted in a short‑circuit of the supply conductors. This caused a loud bang and a electrical arc flash that blackened the child's fingers with carbon deposits. The child received precautionary medical attention. The safety condition of all other appliances was checked against the electrical in‑service safety standard and found to be satisfactory.