At Fire and Safety Solutions Ltd we pride ourselves on our quality of work and the competency of our highly skilled engineers, always ensuring that each of our staff have the relevant qualifications and certifications to carry out fire safety work on your site safely. One such certification scheme is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) which provides proof that the individual working meets the required standard and has all of the right qualifications necessary. Although you have our assurance of this, you can ask to see the CSCS card for an engineer and they will be happy to show this to you.
The reason we are highlighting this to you is that in a recent trade journal an article featured the increase and subsequent dangers of people purchasing fake CSCS cards which is both disappointing and alarming. It goes without saying the risks of having someone working on site who is not correctly qualified, not only the risk to human life or loss of property should a fire occur, but also the potential invalidation of your insurance as a consequence of this.
One example given in the article was of a company director who purchased fake CSCS cards in a pub, who then issued the cards to her employees in order to secure a new contract. The fake cards came to light after a routine induction process on site, the CITB’s fraud team were notified and a subsequent prosecution against the director took place who received 14 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months and is required to undertake 180 hours of unpaid community service. She must also pay a victim surcharge and court costs totaling £265.
At FASS we can not emphasise enough the importance of having work, no matter how routine it may seem or who complex, carried out by properly qualified, checked and insured engineers. Each and every one of our engineers all meet the correct safety and competency requirements as set out in law and also our own extremely high standards. If you would like to see any of our engineer’s qualifications and certificates we would be happy to provide these to you or if you would like to find out more about how FASS can help you with all your fire and safety needs, please get in touch.