Fake wiring reg­u­la­tions could lead to fire, shock and death, ex­perts warn

The Scotsman - - Brexit - By ROY BEERS

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,.

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