Cowboy gas fitters carry out 250,000 illegal jobsLives at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

17 September 2009

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New research by the Gas Safe Register has revealed that cowboy gas fitters are carrying out a quarter of a million illegal jobs each year, without skills or qualifications.

The Gas Safe Register is searching out and investigating illegal gas fitters around the country who are not registered, as well as engineers who carry out work they are not qualified to do.

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Illegal gas fitters

By law, anyone who carries out work on gas appliances should be registered with the Gas Safe Register, which replaced the Corgi gas register in April 2009.

One in ten of the illegal gas jobs the Gas Safe Register investigated in the last nine months were 'immediately dangerous'. Over a third were leaking gas and almost half had faults that could have led to carbon monoxide poisoning, which is potentially life-threatening.

Last year, 14 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning related to gas and 234 people suffered serious health problems.

If you're concerned about gas work carried out at your house you can nominate your property for a free Gas Safe Register inspection.

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