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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

Fixing failed electrical work may account for a quarter of electricians’ work

23 July, 2013
Fixing failed electrical work attempted by others may account for around a quarter of some electricians’ workload, according to a recent survey commissioned by insurance firm Swinton Commercial.


The snapshot-study of tradesmen and women from across the UK found that over 60% say callouts to repair failed attempts at electrical work in the home accounted for up to 25% of their workload, while 27% said they could account for up to 45%.



The survey also indicated that unsafe electrics in the home could be on the rise. Of the electricians surveyed, 100% thought that willingness to attempt potentially risky electrical work in the home was a growing trend.



The study also provided a worrying insight into the lengths some were willing to go to. Botched jobs reported by electricians, included sockets and switches fitted at ground level and bare, exposed electrical wires in bathrooms. Some electricians also found lighting wiring joints taped together, no connectors or earth connections, sockets wired in reverse and even neutrals connected to earth terminals which caused a gas fitter to receive an electric shock.



ElectricSafe Chief Executive, Martin Bruno, said: “Many of us are living through tough times financially, but electrical work - particularly more complex jobs - always carries associated dangers. It’s important that electrical work in the home is safe. Using ElectricSafe is a great way for householders to ensure potentially dangerous electrical installations are carried out by a competent, registered electrician.”



ElectricSafe aims to raise the profile of electrical safety in the home and help more people than ever before to find a competent, registered electrician. All ElectricSafe electricians meet strict qualification requirements and are regularly assessed to ensure their ongoing competence.


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