Pensioner told her electrical safety report would be written in Polish

Stella Sheen, 70, said two Polish workmen arrived at her home in Islington, north London, to check if her wiring was safe.
She said that when she requested a copy of the safety certificate from the council electricians, she was told that she would not be able to read it if she did not understand Polish.

“I told them I would like to have a copy of the safety certificate,” she said. “But the contractor kept saying he couldn’t give me it and said I could request a copy from the council.
“He told me that if he gave me the report I wouldn’t understand it because it was written in Polish. I said ‘Hold on a minute, I don’t speak Polish. English is my first language’.
“It’s a farcical situation that you can’t have the report in English.”
Brian Potter, Chair of the Federation of Islington Tenants’ Associations, said: “It’s absolutely disgraceful that tenants are not being provided with electrical certification after works have been carried out.
“If Polish workers are working in England their reports should be in English. It’s a comical situation.”
A spokesman for Homes for Islington, which manages council homes for the borough, said: “Our policy is that when any electrical or installation testing is done, this assessment and the resultant documentation is examined by Homes for Islington electrical engineers.
“Following this, a copy of the results and the certificate can be issued to the resident.”
He said the copy of the report sent to householders would be written in English.


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    Ammara said,

    LOOOOOOol ahahahahahaha
    well…..guess we all better start learning polish then 🙂

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