The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a 38 year old man from Tyneside after he illegally fitted gas appliances into three properties between September and December 2012.
The HSE told Newcastle Magistrates Court that the self-employed kitchen fitter wrongly claimed to be Gas Safe registered to secure the work. However, he was not registered and not qualified to work with gas appliances. The court heard that the worker installed a gas hob and a boiler.
The kitchen fitter was fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay £500 in costs after pleading guilty to six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 – three each of Regulation 3(3) and Regulation 3(7).
After the case was heard, Jonathan Wills an Inspector from the HSE said:
“This case should act as a reminder that HSE will prosecute those who flout the law in such a way, putting the lives of members of the public in danger.”
Russell Krämer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:
“Illegal gas work is dangerous and can put lives and property at risk. It’s vital that you employ a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out any gas work. Every registered gas engineer carries a Gas Safe ID card. Always ask to see the card and check their unique licence number with Gas Safe.”