SCOTLAND’s biggest construction trade association has welcomed a Scottish Government announcement on a second consultation to weed “rogue traders” out of the electrical industry.

The first consultation took place between August and November. This one, launched by Business, Fair Work and Skills Minister Jamie Hepburn, wants to hear views on whether or not “regulatory measures are required to give greater protection to the public and reduce the level of poor electrical workmanship by a persistent rogue trader element”.

Construction trade association Select and the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) were among those who responded to the original consultation, which received more than 140 submissions. Alan Wilson, Select’s managing director, said: “This is another great opportunity for the industry to take part and shape the future.

“It’s heartening to see that the Scottish Government believes that regulation of the sector is so important that it merits this further consultation. It’s an excellent chance for Scotland to lead the way and demonstrate that we are committed to safer and brighter future for the industry.”

Fiona Harper, secretary of the SJIB, said during that consultation: “Electricians frequently voice their concerns and frustration that individuals who have not met the established national and industry standards and are not qualified electricians are able to use the title of electrician. In what is such a highly-skilled and safety-critical occupation, this situation should be rectified and the title of electrician should be protected.”

In Select’s submission, Wilson added: “Our research suggests net benefits to Scotland from proper regulation of electricians of around £58 million, including the benefits of higher electrical standards, such as fewer injuries and deaths, better functioning installations, less need for call backs or for poor or unsafe work to be repaired, leading to improved customer satisfaction.”

The trade association has been leading a lengthy campaign with other leading industry bodies to make sure that those who work in the sector do so in a safe and competent manner.