Magistrates have given a builder a suspended jail sentence for illegally installing gas appliances in a residential property when he wasn’t Gas Safe registered.
Ipswich Magistrates’ Court was told on Tuesday how 55-year-old Anthony Kerry agreed to fit a gas hob and other gas appliances in the Ipswich property while he was working on a kitchen extension in April 2013.
By law anyone who works with gas appliances must be competent to do the job and also on the Gas Safe Register, but Mr Kerry revealed he wasn’t registered when the owner of the property raised concerns about the work he had done, the court heard.
A subsequent inspection by a Gas Safe investigator discovered that gas was leaking from a valve because the nut on it was not tightened properly. He made sure the valve was safe before reporting the problem to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Health and safety breaches
The HSE prosecuted Mr Kerry, who admitted single breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Magistrates punished Mr Kerry by:
- Sentencing him to a 16-week jail term suspended for 12 months
- Ordering him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work for the community
- Ordering him to pay £922 towards the cost of the prosecution
- After the sentencing HSE inspector Ivan Brooke said Mr Kerry should not have taken on work he was not qualified for nor legally permitted to do.
He said the only people who should be working on gas installations are those that are officially recognised as being trained and competent to do the work. He said people could be at risk of explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning if such work is not done properly.
Source: Duval Heating