The article ASUC warns insurers of risk from cowboy firms (NCE 10 October) needs to be challenged. The inference is that if a company is not a member of the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors it must therefore be a cowboy company. This is, of course, entirely incorrect.
ASUC says it has 'invested heavily' in health and safety training and quality assurance.
So have all the other reputable contractors. It would appear that ASUC is trying to arrange a cartel whereby only ASUC members will be approached by insurers. Non members are being pressured into joining and paying £200 a month minimum for the privilege.
We do agree that insurers should only approach bona fide contractors with a track record in this particular field but not necessarily restrict themselves to members of one association.
John Lloyd, Alliance Piling, Units 3 & 4 Victoria Works, Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1BA