Exeter Magistrates’ Court has fined an unregistered gas fitter £2,000 and ordered to pay £692 in costs. He was also given a 32 week prison sentence, suspended for 2 years after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation into an incident where a 59 year old gas fitter from Exeter, removed a gas meter and then fitted a new boiler in a residential property. The residents immediately reported the smell of gas to Wales and West Utilities.
Wales and West Utilities sent a qualified engineer who classed the gas work as dangerous with the immediate risk of explosion.
After the case was heard, Simon Jones from the HSE said: “All domestic gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”
Further information on domestic gas safety issues can be found on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/