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Beware of fake electricians posing as registered electricians!

A man has been jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. John Draco, 35, of Rowan Place, Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to be a qualified electrician. He advertised his services on Yell.com as accredited by ELECSA and Trustmark-despite not having either accreditation. He also claimed to be NICEIC registered.

Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair

To address environmental concerns around product obsolescence and recycling, the EU is planning legislation giving EU consumers a ‘right to repair’ – forcing manufacturers to make longer lasting goods that are easier to repair.  Commenting on this, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of leading safety Charity, Electrical Safety First, explains why it is not quite as simple as it might seem.

“We understand that many consumers get frustrated with products that break down just after a warranty ends and they find it uneconomical to get it repaired and cannot fix the item themselves.

TrustMark's new Board of industry experts

A new independent Board of industry experts has been appointed to TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, to further enhance the levels of consumer protection, whilst achieving better business for reputable tradespeople. The Board, which comprises of a new Chairman and seven non-executive directors, ensures adequate representation of all the industry sectors TrustMark works with, coupled with experts from a wide range of industries, to provide a fresh knowledge and insight to the running of TrustMark.

Football duo to kick off NICEIC Live North 2018

Mark Lawrenson and Ray Stubbs have been announced as guest speakers at this year’s Live North. The duo, who were mainstays of BBC’s football coverage, will kick off the event, which is hosted by NICEIC & ELECSA, and brings together electrical contractors from across the north west of England.

They will be dipping into their enormous treasure trove of football tales to discuss what it takes to get to the top. It’s a chat that combines humour, determination and
the will to succeed from two of the game’s most famous faces.

Martindale offers a flexible solution to safe isolation

Need to lock off multiple breakers, switches or valves? Then, the new series of cable lockouts from Martindale provides the perfect solution. Responding to the requirements of installers and maintenance teams, this simple and reliable solution will prevent the re-energising of circuits and systems during maintenance, as part of a safe isolation procedure.

Suitable for both the electrical and industrial market, the new ergonomically designed CABLOK series is available with 1m, 3m and 5m cable lengths and is compatible with the Martindale Electric PAD10 and PAD20R padlocks.

Have you taken your 18th yet?

More than 1000 conscientious contractors have now successfully taken and passed their 18th Edition training with NICEIC and ELECSA. The 18th  Edition officially launched in July this year with electrical contractors given a six-month transition period to get up to speed with the changes. While some contractors have decided to delay any training – others have been keen to get cracking straight away.

Neil Vincent, Training Manager at NICEIC and ELECSA said: “It has been interesting to see people’s attitude towards training since the 18th was launched.

Government names TrustMark as the new quality mark for consumers

GOVERNMENT NAMES TRUSTMARK AS THE NEW ALL-ENCOMPASSING MARK OF QUALITY FOR CONSUMERS IN AND AROUND THE HOME - Energy efficiency and clean growth are a key part of the new TrustMark - In support of the Government’s Green GB Week, TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality scheme for tradespeople, announces that it has expanded its remit to include Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI), retrofit and energy efficiency sectors, in order to now cover any work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home.

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