Fake wiring regulations could lead to fire, shock and death, experts warn
Local companies are being warned to beware of bogus copies of crucial wiring regulations that could lead to unsafe work and risk fire, electric shock and even death.
The stark message comes from industry body SELECT, Scotland’s electrical trades association, which says fake pdf copies of BS7671:2018, the Insitution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Wiring Regulations are being offered for sale.
The organisation says the potentially lethal fraud reinforces the message that SELECT has been promoting in the Scottish Parliament in its unionbacked campaign for recognition of electricians as a profession.
SELECT’S case was pressed in a recent Holyrood debate in which evidence was presented of unqualified and under- qualified people who masquerade as electricians endangering public safety by carrying out work across Scotland.
Mark Coles, head of technical regulations at the IET, said the fake PDFS, which were being distributed through a variety of channels, looked “convincing” on the first inspection. However, they are sprinkled with errors and corrupted information. The IET is now taking action to combat the counterfeiters by inserting a hologram in its Regulations,.