The lives of two families were put in danger by a builder who illegally installed boilers at their homes, leaving them at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Monwar Ali faced action after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that a boiler installed at a house on Norbury Avenue in Hyde was in an immediately dangerous condition.
The 40-year-old, who did not have gas qualifications and was not registered, carried out a £21,000 loft conversion at the house in 2011, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Ali removed the flue pipe linked to the boiler and did not replace it for almost eight weeks, allowing fumes to leak into the house where the family, including young children, were still living.
The danger was discovered during a routine annual check by a gas engineer in August 2011 which revealed a high carbon monoxide reading and the wrong flue pipe in place.
The family had to spend almost £500 on new pipework and relocating the boiler downstairs.
Ali, of Syddall Street, Hyde, also carried out a £50,000 two-floor extension at a house on Harbour Farm Road that year.
The customer believed he was gas registered because he displayed the Gas Safe Register logo on the written quote he provided.
Ali moved the gas boiler twice, firstly from an outhouse to the then-kitchen before moving it into the extension’s new kitchen.
He also tried to repair the boiler in July that year after it broke down. Eight defects were found with the boiler when it was inspected.
Ali admitted six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 between December 28 2010 and August 31 2011.
He was given a community order of 220 hours’ unpaid work, to be carried out in the next 12 months, and must also pay £2,000 towards the costs of prosecution.
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Source: Manchester Evening News
Date Published: June 17, 2014
Author: David Brown