A kitchen fitter put lives at risk by installing gas appliances in three properties after falsely claiming he was registered to do so, magistrates have been told.
Self-employed Neil Scott, 38, from Tyneside, told a kitchen fitting firm that he was on the Gas Safe Register before working on three Newcastle homes from September to the end of December 2012, the city’s magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday.
Faults on gas boiler
In that time he fitted several gas installations in the refurbished kitchens, such as hobs and a boiler for a central heating system. But when the company asked Gas Safe to check his work an expert investigations officer discovered several faults with the boiler and turned it off.
In his opinion lives and property could have been at risk, the court was told.
Following an investigation the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mr Scott for several breaches of gas safety.
The law states that any work involving gas appliances must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer and Mr Scott fraudulently claimed he was on the register when he wasn’t, had never been and was not even competent enough to do the work, the court heard.
The Gas Safe Register is the official list of engineer who trained, qualified and registered to carry out work on fires, cookers, boilers and other appliances fuelled by gas.
After he admitted six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998, Neil Scott was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500.
What he did was reckless as it put the lives of the owners of the properties at risk, HSE inspector Jonathan Wills said after the case had concluded.
He said Mr Scott’s deceit could have caused death or serious injury and people should be aware that the HSE will not hesitate to punish.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 7, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown