In industry news, an engineer has been sentenced in the UK after breaching a prohibition notice for gas work, and for leaving gas appliances in a dangerous state.
HSE Inspector Adam Hills said: “Gary Miller undertook gas work when he knew he was not registered to do so. HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate action against rogue gas fitters who disregard the law and place lives at risk. Working with gas appliances is difficult, specialised and potentially very dangerous, so it is vital that this is only undertaken by trained and competent engineers who are registered with Gas Safe.”
A similar incident happened in Western Australia where a plumber had endangered a family home while installing dangerous gas fittings while under the influence of Drugs.
Cases like these are not uncommon in Australia. Horror stories about gas and plumbing unlicenced and unapproved services can result in damages to the customer costing thousands of dollars.
According to NSW Dept. of Fair trading, here are 5 tips to help you find a licenced fitter.
- Always use a licensed gasfitter for any installation, repair or renovation work on or around your home that involves gas. This means jobs like installing a hot water system, a kitchen stove or a heater.
- You should also use a licensed gasfitter where the work being done at your home might involve disconnecting or relocating gas appliances. For example, if you are renovating your kitchen and need to replace or move your gas stove, you should use a licensed gasfitter.
- Do not be tempted to do any work on gas connections or gas appliances yourself. If you use a tradesperson who does not have specialist gas knowledge and skills, or you try to do the work yourself, you could be putting yourself and your family in serious danger.
- There are about 16,000 gasfitters in NSW alone that are licensed by NSW Fair Trading to carry out gas fitting work and many plumbers are also licensed gasfitters.
- Always check that the gasfitter you are thinking of using is licensed to carry out gasfitting work. Check a gasfitters licence details online or call 13 32 20 to do a licence check.