Companies offering boiler servicing trades are in demand these days. According to news there are at least 100,000 illegal gas boilers that were installed since the year 2009. This means that thousands of lives are placed at imminent risk. This was revealed by the Oirechtas Committee.
The boiler crisis
The chairman of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors Ireland (APHCI) expressed before the committee the gravity of the situation that the gas industry is facing. The chairman, Sean Giffney explained that today might be the last day to seek a last ditch attempt in order to straighten the wrong. He further said that the members of the association witness on a daily basis some illegal operations and that nothing or only little is done in order to stop the illegal activities.
The chairman further stressed that there has to be a concrete solution at hand and if ever the association will not regulate the boiler industry, many lives will be affected and be placed in jeopardy. He said that the people in the association are very much concerned on this issue and are hoping that there will be a positive outcome.
The secretary of APHCI, James Egan gave an explanation to the committee the facts surrounding the illegal activities associated with natural gas operations. The secretary pointed out that there are 100,000 illegal boilers installed since the system of regulation began last 2009.
James Egan said that there are a lot of illegal operators and that this phenomenon is driving the legal operators out of business. Accordingly, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has the primary responsibility for creating a comprehensive safety system. In June of 2009, the Commission for Energy regulation set up the so called Register Gas Installers Ireland or the RGII. The RGII is tasked to regulate the registered gas installers and investigate the different complaints. However, they are not responsible in looking for illegal operators or installers. The APHCI argued that the system is not really suited for its purpose. The association further said that there are at least 30,000 gas boilers installed every year and that only 12,000 certifications are returned.