On a weekly basis, it is amazing what Patman comes across on his PAT Testing visits, so every week we are revealing the shock of the week.

This photograph shows a 3 pin plug with a broken earth pin.

When you plug an appliance in, the equipment is exposed to a potential spike of voltage. If the earth pin is damaged or missing, the voltage has nowhere to go other than the component which could result in a tiny spark, or a life-threatening electric shock!