Despite the fact that 7 in 10 people said they would always check for an ID card stating a tradesman’s qualifications when looking for a trustworthy tradesman; Gas Safe Register’s own data suggests that when it comes to gas work, only one third of people actually do check if their engineer is qualified, safe and legal!
- Over the last 3 years, 22 people have died and 1,000 injured due to gas related incidents such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, gas leaks, fires etc.
- The Gas Safe Register estimates that circa. 250,000 illegal jobs are carried out every year by fitters who do not have the correct qualifications and cannot be trusted.
- GasSafe’s research showed one in five people said they had been let down by a tradesman.
It is not really in our nature to constantly question and be distrusting of tradespeople. Indeed the majority of people will admit they are generally trusting of people. When it comes to characteristics that encourage trust, the most common factors cited are politeness, good eye contact, confidence, good clothing and a nice smile.
Furthermore, Gas Safe’s research has shown that Gas engineers ranked the highest for the tradesmen people trust the most, followed by gas/electricity meter readers, carpet fitters, and electricians.
“In the right hands gas is safe, but in the wrong hands badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can be deadly and can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and CO poisoning. We’re seeing far too many people prioritise cost over safety when hiring a tradesman” (Jonathan Samuel, CEO of Gas Safe Register)
The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances! So whether you need an engineer for domestic or commercial take the time to check whether they are Gas Safe Registered.
All our engineers at SGS are registered with Gas Safe. If you have any queries regarding gas boilers or any gas appliances please get in touch.
View more advice on how to check GasSafe ID’s. http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/about/how_to_check_the_id_card.aspx