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Jones82

Gas Engineer
In the light of the figures in Italy... 800 dead yesterday! I’m thinking of changing my approach. I’m due to visit 4 different properties tomorrow. Two gas safety checks, 1 service and replace a unvented control valve. I’m seriously thinking about rescheduling the gas safety checks and the service. They are due but could wait two weeks?
 
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Esteemed
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You all have to do what you think is best for you and your loved ones , and protect your customers.
 

Jones82

Gas Engineer
There’s an interesting dilemma going round my head about the gas safety checks. Essentially I am putting the virus above them in a risk assessment. I’ve serviced them for years, I’m 99% sure they are perfectly safe but legally they are due and the landlord would be liable if anything happened.
 
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I think they would make a exception in this case bud but its your choice at the end of the day . Kop
 

oz-plumber

Esteemed
Plumber
As of this afternoon, we are going into almost complete lockdown.
School's nation wide are closing in 48 hours.
School holidays scheduled in a weeks time but no date when schools will resume
All non essential services are being shut.
States are closing their borders - except for essential services.

We have a few things booked, but cancelling all non-essential works.
Just have to see how things pan out and see how serious the lockdown is.

I'm sure all major building works will cease this week.
 

Ric2013

Plumber
There’s an interesting dilemma going round my head about the gas safety checks. Essentially I am putting the virus above them in a risk assessment. I’ve serviced them for years, I’m 99% sure they are perfectly safe but legally they are due and the landlord would be liable if anything happened.
That would be my line of thinking too.

Yes, the landlord would be liable, but that's his problem, and if he can't get the boiler serviced by anyone, that might lend him the judge's sympathy. Your responsibility is to your own safety and that of any employees, and we're in an international emergency.

After all, what is the probability that a boiler, diligently inspected a year ago, is ID? To be honest, if the boiler were in my own house, I wouldn't really want you coming to service it.

6500 new cases in Italy yesterday, up from 6000 the day before. We still haven't reached a peak in new cases.
 

centralheatking

Esteemed
Plumber
The best representation of the facts about the virus I have yet to see, it’s self explanatory you might need to blow it up a bit. It shows the real risks and effects. A9FC90B4-CF08-4775-9633-6AFAD6C07A00.png
 

bacon_sandwich

Gas Engineer
I am in a similar situation but with commercial clients. I am going to ring them next week and determine a course of action where we can both be safe and the boilers / heaters are also safe.
I dont do domestic and glad in a way as i think the approach needed for these will entail, the client staying well out of the way and using high power cleaning sprays both before you go in and when you come out, along with desposible latex gloves, mask.. similar to how our doctors and nurses carry out , what is a daily routine against infection for them.
 
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The gas safe website says they should be completed still.
Agreed H or completed up to 8 weeks prior to needing it , what I am saying is in these testing times ahead a modern well maintained boiler will not cause a major risk to health if left 3 months over its last service and gas safety check , there is a greater risk to the customer and ourselves of contracting or spreading this virus , we are being advised to keep away from eachother and common sense needs to be applied here. Look after your own health and that of your customers, I will be avoiding visiting multiple addresses and servicing appliances in favour of concentrating on work involving just one address and with the least amount of contact with people. Regards kop
 
3 of my old farts who used to do medi gas have been contacted by our old sub contractor to see if they would go and put some streets in. Now they want me to factor the work like I used to do...
ie pay them and wait to get paid...It was a yes as Gordon the Moron who used to run the outfit in Brum has long gone and the new fella is offering way less than 100 days ...they do oxygen and vac all brazed with a nitrogen flood to blow any crap out. It appears there out of date certificates do not matter so it might be men in transits all over again ...my Mrs will go ballistic we used to disappear for 12 14 days
Centralheatking
Hi Rob, @centralheatking could I get into this type of work? What qualifications/certificates are required?
Cheers Jim
 

centralheatking

Esteemed
Plumber
Hi Rob, @centralheatking could I get into this type of work? What qualifications/certificates are required?
Cheers Jim
I will ask what are/we’re their certs and training ..watch out tho it was for us bank holidays xmas etc and they worked on a set hours contract for each job which I used to argue with Gordon the Moron about before we turned up and sometimes when we arrived and had to threaten to drive away unless we got more. The work was dead easy really, and I only got paid after the medical pharmacist passed the street often a week or many later
 
Are we classed as Key Workers? (Plumbers/Heating Engineers) Getting conflicting messages...
Here's the list for whether you are 'key' enough for a school to look after your kids:


Plumbing and heating engineers per se aren't on it. It's possible that a small number might qualify because they are necessary to keep essential services running but that'll be the exception rather than the rule.

There may be other lists but I'm not aware of them.
 

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