How to spot a Gas Cowboy
Don't fall Victim to a Gas Cowboy says Bates Heating and Plumbing
There could be as many as 20,000 illegal gas workers in the United Kingdom.
Using an illegal gas worker could put lives at risk. Carbon Monoxide poisoning could result from errors made by untrained, unregulated workers.
The risks of using a gas cowboy are seriously dangerous, according to Ivor Bates who says, 'The main thing to remember is that the cheapest option will usually turn out to be the most expensive in the long run and that work carried out by an uncertified engineer could be fraught with mistakes that could lead to fatal consequences.'
Uninspected gas cowboys cannot possibly keep up with the latest training and may be using incorrect equipment. They may be completely unqualified or hold inappropriate qualifications. Work undertaken by uncertified gas workers will not fulfil employer's or landlord's duties under the Gas Safety Regulations and will not comply with the Building Regulations. It will not be certified nor guaranteed leaving the customer without a leg to stand on should a problem arise.
As a result of using a gas cowboy, home owners could be left with unsafe appliances and this could lead to accidents, incidents, ill health and even death.
Anyone suspecting an illegal gas engineer should report them immediately.