Faulty boilers in an office block can increase the risk of accidents at work. All business owners should comply with the relevant health and safety guidelines to protect their workforce from work injuries and work-related illnesses. If you have a boiler at home, it’s also essential to make sure it’s in good working order. If your boiler is faulty, it can have serious implications for your health.
How to tell if your boiler is faulty
If your boiler is faulty, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as a silent killer, as it is an odourless, colourless gas.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include severe headaches, lethargy and drowsiness and breathing difficulties. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also affect pets, so look out for low energy levels and changes in behaviour.
Here are some signs to look out for if your boiler is faulty:
- Gas flames that are orange or yellow instead of blue
- Strange noises
- Soot stains and black marks around the boiler
- Flames going out or reduced power
- Drips and leaks
- Lack of heat or low pressure
- Pilot light is out
What to do if your boiler is faulty
If your boiler is faulty at home, or the heating isn’t working at work, seek expert help. Report any problems in the office to your manager. If you have issues at home, contact an engineer and arrange for them to come and have a look. Never attempt your own boiler repairs, as this carries a risk of electrical injuries.
If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide alarm, buy one as a priority. They only cost a few pounds, and they could save your life.
If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve suffered injuries as a result of a faulty boiler,
call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a compensation claim with one of our helpful advisors.
If you’ve had an accident in the last three years and you have evidence to show that you were not to blame, call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims and we pledge to do everything possible to secure a no-win, no-fee* fee payout for you with minimal hassle. We take care of every aspect of the process, allowing you to get back on track.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice