The first part of the PAT Test is to fully visual inspect the appliance, flex and plug. Every plug is opened, where possible, to check the terminations and wiring is correct. There are many faults we find before we get to the electrical testing. Without opening up the plug, there is no way of confirming the fuse that is in an appliance.
So many clients has told us that their previous company never inspected the plugs. We see evidence of this on most new sites we visit. The visual inspection is just as crucial as the electrical testing. Most of the failures we find are due to poor visual condition.
Each appliance should be visually inspected before use. You do not need to be a PAT expert to spot damage to a cable or an appliance. Leave the rest to us and we will ensure everything is inspected in a thorough mannger.