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Rogue builder prosecuted for mis-using NICEIC logo

A rogue builder, who falsely claimed to be NICEIC registered, faces a possible jail sentence after deceiving customers out of thousands of pounds. Umran Suleman, from Blackburn, pleaded guilty to 17 charges under trading standards regulations, some in his own name and some in the name of U & A Drylining Limited.

He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced. District Judge Michael Hopkinson, who heard the case, said he had no doubt the offences merited a custodial sentence.

He said: "The public deserve protection from people like you.

New sentencing rules set to ramp up safety fines

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From today (1 February 2016), the ‘Health and Safety Offences and Corporate Manslaughter Offences Guidelines’ could mean higher (and potentially unlimited) fines for companies and public sector bodies who fall short of complying with health and safety law.

The new guidelines say that in the event of a health and safety prosecution a fine “must be sufficiently substantial to have a real economic impact which will bring home to management…the need to comply with health and safety legislation”.

Electrical Safety First Urges Response To Review The Electrical Safety Of Tenants

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The Department for Social Development’s (DSD) Review of the Role and Regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will close on 5th February. So the charity, Electrical Safety First, is urging interested stakeholders to respond, if they haven’t already done so.
From 2014 to 2015, over two-thirds (67%) of accidental fires in Northern Ireland were linked to electricity, with some of the worst cases of landlord neglect relating to poor electrical safety.

ECA and BESA join forces on health and safety programme

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A series of four practical ‘Health and Safety Focus Forums’ have been launched by the two leading building services trade bodies, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA). The four events are being run across England and Wales, with the schedule as follows:

· Thursday 11 February – Newport, Wales

· Thursday 25 February – Stratford City, London

· Thursday 14 April – Rugby, Midlands

· Thursday 21 April – Leeds, Yorkshire

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BAFE sets the standard for fire alarm installers

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Installing or connecting a fire alarm should be straightforward work for most competent electricians. But did you know that there is an industry standard for those firms primarily involved in the fire detection and fire alarm industry? For more than 25 years, BAFE Approval Schemes have set the industry standards for the fire protection industry. Third party assessment and certification with BAFE provides additional assurances for specifiers and consumers looking for firms to install fire protection systems.

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Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators

The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators and their contact details can be found below:

Benchmark BESCA BSI ELECSA NAPIT NICEIC OFTEC STROMA
Tel: 02380 517069 Tel: 0800 652 5533 Tel: 0845 086 9001 Tel: 0333 321 8220 Tel: 0345 543 0330 Tel: 0870 013 0382 Tel: 0845 6585080 Tel: 0845 6211111
Email: info@benchmark-cert.co.uk Email: info@besca.org.uk Email: cservices@bsigroup.com Email: enquiries@elecsa.co.uk Email: info@napit.org.uk Email: enquiries@niceic.com Email: enquiries@oftec.org Email: info@stroma.com