Health and Safety Executive's website about an unregistered gas engineer who left a property at risk of explosion after carrying out work at a property in Cheltenham." />

Health and safety - it's there for a reason

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It seems that he did the work, said that he would return with the necessary paperwork confirming his registration with Gas Safe, but he never did. Surprise, surprise - when the resident noticed a gas leak the engineer was nowhere to be found.  It later transpired that his registration had lapsed. All the resident wanted was a safe central heating system.  Instead, a system which was at severe risk of a gas explosion was what was provided.  It was only due to the resident's vigilance and common sense that a fatality was avoided.

The moral of this story is always insist on documentary evidence before instructing any workman' irrespective of how charming they are.  We have all seen programmes on cowboy builders.  The sad thing is that they cast doubt on all the competent, trustworthy professionals out there.

The Health and Safety Executive regulate all workplace health and safety.  Their aim is prevent death, personal injury and ill health.  Their responsibilities extend beyond the domestic to the general workplace.  The premise is always the same - health and safety guidance and legislation is there for a reason.   

Deborah Blackmore
Litigation Executive - Personal Injury team

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