A recent court case involving a chef who patched up a faulty kitchen pipe with gaffer tape has sparked “serious concerns” about the quality of hoses being used in commercial kitchens.
According to Mechline, distributor of the Dormont hose brand, the incident, which occurred at an Indian restaurant in Daventry, served as a reminder that many food outlets are in desperate need of help from suppliers and distributors to ensure they comply with the latest gas guidelines for commercial catering equipment.
Ian Cresswell, business development director at Mechline, said: “A common failing in commercial kitchens is down to fracture lines in sub-standard gas hoses, usually because hoses have been specified on price rather than quality, even in a premier installation.
“A ruptured gas hose spells danger and unnecessary downtime while it is replaced, and if that is with a like-for-like replacement the problem is only going to recur.”
Cresswell said that anyone with concerns that a gas pipe is not up to the required standard should replace it with a product that is safe and reliable in use.
He said that brands such as Dormant were specifically engineered to withstand the stresses on end fittings when moving gas equipment for important cleaning and maintenance tasks.