CORGI estimate there could be as many as 20,000 people working illegally on gas in the UK.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning claiming needless lives you must never use an illegal gas worker, they could put you and your family in danger.

How To Spot A Cowboy

Illegal work is gas work carried out for gain by a person not working on behalf of a CORGI registered business. Such work is far more likely to be unsafe and, in such cases, the illegal gas worker far less likely to offer support to the customer in the event of an incident.

Our research shows that such workers can be divided equally into three categories:

“Full illegals” - people who carry out gas work without having any training – the handymen who so often appear on television programs like Rogue Traders.

“Lapsed” illegal workers - previously held a CORGI registration but are no longer CORGI registered. They will have significant knowledge gaps regarding the latest legislation and regulations, which would impact upon their ability to work safely on gas.

“Part Time” illegal gas worker - an operative of a CORGI registered business who carries out “private jobs”, typically for friends and family. Although the work is likely to be safe, installations cannot be notified and there is no insurance or warranty support available for customers.

What Are The Risks Of Using A Cowboy?

A cowboy may seem like a cheap option however they will probably cost you much, much more in the long term:

* A cowboy is not inspected by CORGI.
* A Cowboy will not keep up to date with training.
* A cowboy may not use use the correct equipment.
* A cowboy may not hold the correct qualifications to do the type of work you need.
* A cowboy may leave you with unsafe appliances.
* A Cowboy will not provide a Declaration of Safety Certificate or Bulding Regulations Compliance Certificate for any installation or replacement of a gas appliance in your home. As a home owner you will find it beneficial to include this in your Home Information Pack.

In summary - using a Cowboy may leave work errors leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.

What Can You Do ?

It’s easy, there are some simple steps to staying safe:

Only use a CORGI Registered Installer.

Ask to see our CORGI ID Card. All CORGI registered installers must carry an ID card and have it available to show to you when they are working in your home.

Check they are registered.
Use the Corgi check an installer service to confirm the validity of your installer and their ID card.


Report illegal gas work to CORGI. If you suspect that you have had gas work undertaken by a non registered person then let CORGI know by calling thier freephone number 0800 915 0491.
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