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NAPIT Supports Channel 5 TV Series

NAPIT Supports Channel 5 TV Series

The producers of the Channel Five programme, Cowboy Builders, approached NAPIT for expert advice during filming of an episode based in Swindon.

The featured family’s newly installed garden lights and sockets had a range of problems with them, including faulty connections, poor quality wiring and little to no evidence that the correct checks were completed on the work to ensure its safety.

A NAPIT Inspections Field Officer was asked to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on the new installations and found that their garden lights and sockets were in a poor condition and potentially dangerous. NAPIT’s Group Technical Director, Frank Bertie, was later filmed providing advice to the homeowner and programme viewers about the electrical problems found at the property.

Frank Bertie said: “The work carried out was not to the standard that would be expected from an electrical installer registered with a Competent Person Scheme and the lack of knowledge is further demonstrated by the Electrical Certificate which was incorrect and incomplete. NAPIT offer advice to programme producers such as Cowboy Builders in order to heavily promote the use of competent, registered installers and to help maintain the high standards associated with our industry.”

NAPIT will also be appearing on the programme later in the year, when NAPIT Inspections Field Officer, James Arthurton, will be on hand in a Great Yarmouth episode delivering expert advice to the show.

To see what happened when NAPIT visited the Swindon property, tune in to Channel Five at 8pm on 1st May or view find the episode online at For more information about joining NAPIT, visit

Article Published: 24 April 2014


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