CPSC: Shock risks prompt recall of Global Equipment workbench components

03/10/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Port Washington, NY—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Global Equipment Company has voluntarily recalled about 5,000 Global Workbench Power Risers, Power Aprons and Power Shelves for electrical shock hazards. The CPSC announced the product recall on March 9, 2011.

The product recall was initiated after discovering that misrouted wiring in the electrical outlets on the workbench risers, aprons and shelves, and reverse polarity in some workbench power cords, pose an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

The CPSC press release stated, this recall affects all workbenches with the following components:

• The Power Riser is made of steel, has an 18-inch shelf with four duplex receptacles and an on/off switch mounted along the front. It comes in gray only and in lengths of 60, 72 and 96 inches. The riser attaches to the top of the bench.

• The Power Apron is made of steel, has three duplex receptacles and an on/off switch mounted in one of the long cross beams. It comes in blue or tan and in lengths of 48, 60, 72 and 96 inches.

• The Power Shelf is made of steel, has three duplex receptacles and an on/off switch mounted on the front. It comes in blue or tan and in lengths of 48, 60, 72 and 96 inches. It attaches to a pair of 48-inch uprights.

Consumers are advised to unplug their workbench power cords and stop using the electrical outlets on the workbenches. Global Equipment is contacting its customers directly and either sending replacement risers, aprons and shelves or sending technicians on-site to repair faulty wiring and replace faulty power cords.

For more information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Global’s Customer Service Manager at the following toll free number (855) 657-0424 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET or email the customer service manager at [email protected]

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