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    Health and Safety News

    ‘Fitter’ sentenced for dangerous gas work

    By David Brown on June 10, 2014

    An unregistered gas fitter has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do community work for putting lives in danger with his unsafe work.

    Anthony Hoskins, 49, illegally fitted gas boilers at two homes in Essex between 2012 and 2013 – one in Brentwood and one in Ingatestone – despite not being a member of the Gas Safe Register, which is a requirement under UK law.

    His failings came to light after the owner of the Ingatestone property complained to Gas Safe Register.

    ‘Lives put at risk’

    Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard that one of the two boilers Mr Hoskins had installed was deemed to be “at risk” because the flue had not been correctly sealed.

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that even a small movement of the flue could have resulted in combustion products leaking from the boiler flue, potentially exposing occupants of the home to carbon monoxide.

    The other boiler had also not been installed to current standards and it too posed a deadly risk.

    HSE concluded that Mr Hoskins had shown a clear disregard for the law and put his customers’ lives in serious danger.

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    Anthony Hoskins, of Broad Meadows, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, admitted single breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    He was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 180 hours of community work and pay costs of £1,600.

    Source: HVP Mag

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    Date Published: June 10, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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