Underground pipework alert issued

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Antrim Borough Council is working in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the risks associated with underground metallic pipework.

The initiative will be looking specifically at the corrosion of underground metallic pipework and the associated dangers of allowing Liquid Petroleum Gas to escape.

Helen Harper, Senior Environmental Health Officer with Antrim Borough Council, said: “A letter and leaflet will be sent to businesses from their current LPG supplier and inspectors from the Council’s Environmental Health team and HSENI will visit premises where underground pipework may be in place. This is to ensure that should there be a problem, steps can be taken to address it.”

Helen added: “To ensure the health and safety of your employees and yourself, you should ask yourself if there are any parts of the LPG piping buried and if so, is the pipe metallic? Does the pipework lack effective corrosion protection at any point along its length? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you need to contact your current LPG supplier.

“In any case, I would recommend making contact with your LPG supplier to discuss installation and to engage a competent Gas Engineer to implement an appropriate plan of action if necessary.”

For more information contact Helen Harper or Pauline Herbison by emailing Helen.harper@antrim.gov.uk or Pauline.herbison@antrim.gov.uk or phone 028 94 463113.

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