Be Safe – Always use Gas Safe Registered Engineers!
HVP reported this month that an unregistered installer has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after illegally carrying out work on a number of boilers. Faults were found on one such boiler following work carried out by Philip Locke in 2013, despite not being Gas Safe registered, High Wycombe Crown Court heard on the 9th February.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) wrote to Mr Locke informing him of
his responsibility to be registered in order to work on boilers, but he failed to comply.
Mr Locke of Chalfont St Giles, High Wycombe, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for one year, fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £6,280.
HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Philip Locke showed disregard for the law when he continued to work on gas appliances without certification. This case highlights that plumbers must be competent and Gas Safe registered to work on gas appliances.”
In a separate case, a Preston landlord received a suspended prison sentence after failing to ensure gas safety checks were carried out on the gas appliances in one of her properties.
After failing to comply with an HSE Improvement Notice, Pritpall Kaur Singh pleaded guilty to breaching section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety
at Work etc Act, 1974, and to one breach of Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (36 (3)).
She was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.
HSE inspector Anthony Banks said: “If you rent property out, you must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, including the need to have a gas safety certificate. Gas appliances should be regularly checked, as faulty appliances can kill.”
- Stay safe – always use a Gas Safe registered engineer
- Check – ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card*
- Tenants – check your landlord has a Gas Safety Certificate for the property
*How to understand the Gas Safe ID Card
Find a Gas Safe Registered Engineer: Gas Safe Register
Gas Safe Registered Engineers/Installers
- Are your Gas Safe details up-to-date? Licensed Gas Safe products can only be sold to Gas Safe registered engineers whose details line up with those held on the Gas Safe register – if you have moved premises or had a change of name – make sure you notify Gas Safe.
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