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In order for all homes and businesses to have working gas supplies and heating, a complex underground network of gas lines needs to be installed and maintained. This is the job of a gas network operative. They work in the installation and maintenance of gas networks, linking homes and businesses with major gas suppliers, ensuring it is safe and working correctly.
There are four main occupations in this area of the gas work industry:
Generally, gas network operatives will work to maintain the current gas networks in their area, in small teams, drilling and digging up road surfaces and servicing the networks. They may also connect major gas lines to smaller neighbourhoods, or new-build homes.
Typical tasks and daily duties of a gas network operative might include the following:
The work involves adhering to very strict safety procedures, with high standards set not only by their employer but also by the government’s Health and Safety Executive. Therefore, the job requires specific training and good teamwork. The work can be physically demanding, especially when working in various weather conditions, and there can be a lot of travel when working on different sites.