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Make Sure Any DIY You Do Doesn't Cost Lives!

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Every Bank Holiday offers the opportunity to get some work done around the house and we're sure this past weekend hasn't been any different. The one major factor we need to take into consideration when doing any DIY is the quality and standard of the work we're looking to achieve as many fall short and in some cases leave their home in a very dangerous way!

Today's news is inspired by the recently fined tradesmen who carried out shockingly poor electrical installation work and lied about their level of competency.

Here's What Happened

The two so called tradesmen were originally hired to build an extension and install electrics for a home owner before producing a whole heap of problems that ended up costing THEM money.

As numerous issues with the work had come to the owners attention such as an extension lead catching fire, the owner began to ask for proof the electrical work carried out was done legally and legitimately.

However, after the pair presented what was supposed to be an official Electrical Installation Certificate with an NICEIC logo, it turns out the electrical installer had never actually registered with the NICEIC and therefore falsifying the document.

More importantly, the actual work done was left in a dangerous condition and we're not surprised considering the tradesman has clearly never undergone any Electrical Courses, let alone pass a Domestic Installer Electrical Course. Otherwise, providing a genuine Electrical Installation Certificate wouldn't been a problem as he would have been registered with the NICEIC as a competent Installer.

Good Thing They Got Caught Out!

Now if you're the owner, the first thing you need to do is make sure the faulty work is corrected and the only way to do that is to hire a fully qualified Electrician to double check the work that's been done. The results showed several issues and the new Electrician even had to disconnect one of the circuits worked.

After the situation had gone to court, the two tradesmen both pleaded guilty to offences involving a banned practice, misleading actions and professional diligence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 Act.

As For The Fines...

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With lives being at risk the pair were fined £2,000 with further penalties to come... One tradesman was ordered to pay £1,144 costs, £819 compensation and a victim surcharge of £170, while the other must pay £1,144 costs, £569 compensation and a victim surcharge of £170.

Faulty electrical work continues to be at the font page of rogue traders who think they can get away with endangering innocent lives. The Easter Holiday has even seen the Notre Dame Cathedral hit the news and it's now being reported that it's very likely the fire was caused by an electrical fault and more specifically, an electrical short circuit.

So if you did any DIY this Bank Holiday Weekend, please make sure you're qualified to do so if the work you're looking to do requires more than just average knowledge. Even if it's sparked an interest in doing domestic work for extra money, the Advanced Domestic Installer Electrical Course is the one for you.

Alternatively, if you now have an interest in working on site towards becoming a qualified Electrician, the City & Guilds Level 2 Electrical Course is a good starting point. For an extensive list of all of the Electrical Courses and Electrician Training we provide, please click here.