Electricians are vital to the domestic and wider economy and, as such, should be regulated by the Scottish Parliament, according to SELECT, the campaigning trade body for Scotland’s electrical sector.
SELECT has taken this irreducible position as a considered response to the issue of rogue traders who portray themselves as qualified electricians and pose a distinct and continuing threat to safety in Scottish homes.
Government statistics have shown that 69% of all accidental fires in Scottish homes are caused by electricity and SELECT is highlighting the need to flush out untrained or inadequately trained personnel.
It has produced a detailed report which documents the seriousness of the situation and illustrates it with case studies which graphically demonstrate the unscrupulous practices of unskilled individuals working in the construction and electrotechnical industries.
Newell McGuiness, managing director of SELECT, said: “The level of qualifications that electricians currently have to achieve certainly qualifies them as professional people and they deserve to be recognised as such.
“Each year also, fires arising from dangerous electrical installations load costs on to insurance companies and our emergency services.”
The report asks that the electrical installation industry in Scotland should be regulated in law to put an end to widespread shoddy workmanship in the domestic sector and thus protect householders from injury or death from electrical causes.