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Installers placed under pressure to break the law

OFTEC has told H&V News that it has become aware of an increasing number of circumstances where technicians have been pressured by householders to install tanks non-compliantly.

When a tank is 20 years old and has been untouched, or has not been installed to current guidelines, the technician will quote the householder for a new tank to be installed which complies with today’s Building Regulations and British Standards, OFTEC states.

One of the most common instances is improper placement of the tank. A fire barrier will have to be built if the tank is too close to a non-fired rated building or boundary or the tank can be moved to a hazard free location.

Both these measures can be costly and may change the appearance of the garden but are necessary. 

However householders can be ignorant of the Building Regulations and often do not want the tank moved for aesthetic or monetary reasons.

This puts the technician in a difficult situation as there is often another technician who is willing to do a non-compliant and therefore dangerous installation the householder wants.

OFTEC advises technicians not to be pressured into doing sub standard work by the householder.

A non-compliant installation will be indentified if and when the property is sold; if there is an incident; or when there is an OFTEC inspection.

This will necessitate expensive rectification work. The householder will also have been exposed to the risk of a potentially unsafe installation, says OFTEC.