The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Cornish based man after he was found guilty of two breaches of gas safety legislation. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for one year and ordered to undertake 180 hours unpaid community work. The court ordered him to pay £4,000 in costs and disqualified him from being a company director for three years.
The individual who was known under several names, illegally carried out gas safety checks on a number of residential properties. Additionally, he fraudulently filled out gas safety certificates using an I.D. number belonging to a gas registered company in Essex.
The HSE told the court that his illegal actions put a number of tenants lives at great risk.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Simon Jones said: “[The gas fitter] should never have carried out gas safety checks and compounded this by fraudulently using the Gas Safe Register logo on his work vehicle and by using a properly Gas Safe registered companies details on safety documents he produced. This was a calculated and deliberate attempt to deceive the public into believing he was competent and registered to undertake gaswork and this could not be further from the truth.”