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Systemic failure of Gas Safety

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Gas boiler repair rip-offs caught on camera by consumer group Which?

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Key excerpt in editors opinion.

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OPGO Member Gets The Last Word (Again)

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Woman 'killed by barbecue fumes' in tent in Norfolk

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APHC vows to tackle industry red tape

19 Jul

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APHC vows to tackle industry red tape

19 Jul

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Shipston gas installer found guilty of installing immediately dangerous fire

19 Jul

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Uptake of free servicing for vulnerable groups poor due to lack of awareness

18 Jul

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15 Jul

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Shoddy Shipston gas fitter prosecuted

12 Jul

A GAS engineer has been prosecuted after his shoddy work put the lives of a Shipston couple at risk.
Cecil Boliver Crane, also from Shipston, who trades as...

Thousands of construction firms gone in two years

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Plumbers reeling under the loss of work will not be surprised that 5,000 construction firms have closed since 2009.

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11 Jul

THE extraordinary assault on our crippling obsession with health and safety by the very woman who controls the cursed body in charge of it all couldn’t help...

Members Letter - Gas Certification Scheme

09 Jul

This is a copy of the letter send By OPGO member Mark Overthrow, highlighting the poor consultation methods in the gas industry.