If you want to reduce the risk of personal injury claims, a first step is to always refrain from undertaking illegal and dangerous work on gas boilers.
You also risk prosecution from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has just brought a case to Dudley Magistrates’ Court against Paul Creswell.
Creswell, 44, of Willenhall, West Midlands, was sentenced on Wednesday, January 16 to 80 hours’ worth of unpaid work for carrying out illegal and dangerous work on gas boilers at two Stourbridge properties.
The work Creswell undertook at one flat was of such poor workmanship that it meant there was a likely risk of carbon monoxide entering the home.
This was because he had failed to fix the flue to the boiler correctly.
He also undertook sub-standard work at another house, where the wiring he installed was so risky it had the potential for pipes to become live.
Gas worker used outdated documents
Creswell’s failings were exposed after a resident complained to Gas Safe Register.
The HSE discovered Cresswell was not registered with Gas Safe – a legal necessity for people undertaking gas work.
He instead obtained jobs by providing the managing agents of the homes he worked on with outdated registration papers.
Creswell also continued to put Gas Safe signage on his van, untruthfully suggesting he was allowed to work on gas appliances.
Cresswell pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3), 3(7), 26(1) and 27(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 in December 2012 and January 2013. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,270.
How to make personal injury claims
Gas-related compensation claims can be made against your landlords, lettings agents and gas boiler workers.
Accident Advice Helpline, national law firm, has specialist injury claim lawyers working on a no-win no-fee* basis. Accident Advice Helpline offers free advice on claims for compensation via a 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500.
Also check out Accident Advice Helpline’s website, which also provides an informative blog.
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Date Published: January 17, 2014
Author: David Brown