music master wrote:Don't seem to see anyone on this web site advertising The fact that there gear is pat tested and insured
They don't specifically say they can drive themselves to a gig or know how to set their equipment up properly either... But we assume they can and will! ;-)
But would you expect this at the base line level for 100-150 quid for crap pub jobs?
Yes, absolutely! I appreciate it's all additional overhead costs which you'd rather avoid, but it's one of those things -- like PLI -- that just has to be done because the potential risks of not being able to show that you took reasonable steps to ensure your gear was safe is far too serious and drastically damaging to contemplate.
And it's also seen by many as a mark of serious professionalism and commitment.
If you're lugging your gear around to gigs regularly its going to suffer wear and tear, so it's essential that it is safety checked on a regular basis. The PAT scheme isn't mandatory, but it is a very good way of checking everything important is safe and documenting the fact. Think of it as an MOT for your electrical gear. Having evidence of regular PAT testing will also keep venues and insurers happy, and the sensible venues will insist on it anyway before they let you in the door. Moreover, it could save your bacon should something bad happen outside your control!
So I would encourage you to get your gear PAT tested regularly. I do mine every 6 months for the most heavily used portable gear, annually for everything else.
Also, before you plug anything in at your crap pub jobs, use a mains socket tester first to make sure it's safe -- it's amazing how many duff ones are around -- and ALWAYS use an RCCB (earth leakage breaker).