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

According to RNLI Area Technical Assistant for the Penwith area of Cornwall, Mark Penberthy, 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.

The Martindale EPAT1600 was chosen for its ability to perform high-speed, low-cost testing for compliance with Health and Safety Regulations. The mains-powered PAT tester performs higher-current (25 Amp) “hard” tests, plus “soft” tests for IT equipment, a check for blown fuses and 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.

The RNLI lifeguards’ aim on the beach is to prevent accidents before they happen. The adoption of the EPAT1600, which is quick and easy to operate, also shows the charity’s proactive approach to accident prevention. Martindale also worked in conjunction with Satrex Ltd to tailor a PAT training course specific to the needs of the lifeguards and the RNLI.”