In order to become a qualified heating engineer or gas engineer, thorough training is necessary, as well as knowledge of plumbing, pipework and heating equipment. Those looking to become a Gas Safe registered heating engineer will need to meet the qualification framework laid out by the Council for Registered Gas Installers. With all this certification in place, heating engineers are usually very dedicated individuals, well-qualified and experienced to fit and service most types of heating. However, accidents can happen, and if you believe that a negligent heating engineer was responsible for your accident and subsequent personal injury, it can be an upsetting experience. But what types of accidents could a heating engineer cause?
- Carbon monoxide poisoning from poorly fitted/maintained appliances or boiler
- Burst pipes which could cause water damage to property, leading to mould
- Leaving tools lying around could cause a slip or trip – sharp edges (such as cut pipes) could cause lacerations
- Burns or scalds could be caused if the system is installed incorrectly and water reaches too high a temperature
It is important to double check a heating engineers qualifications and experience before hiring them to carry out work at your property, but if you are unhappy with the standard of work completed, you could make a formal complaint and consider claiming personal injury compensation.
Is it worth claiming for minor personal injuries?
Imagine you’ve been scalded by hot water after you were unable to adjust the temperature using your bathroom taps – this may seem like a minor injury, but it has caused you pain, led to you taking the morning off work to treat your injury and left you feeling frustrated that your central heating system/boiler was improperly installed. Next time, a negligent heating engineer could cause far more serious damage to a customer’s home or more serious personal injuries. This is why it is always worth claiming for personal injury if there is evidence of negligence.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for confidential advice
If you’re still not sure whether to make a claim for compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline. We’re happy to offer confidential, non-obligation advice and our team of professional personal injury lawyers are on hand to answer any questions you may have. So if you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of work carried out by a negligent heating engineer, or experienced a minor personal injury, we can help. It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we offer all our customers a 100% no win, no fee* service, making our services affordable to everyone.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accidents at home