A concerned homeowner has reported their gas engineer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after becoming worried about the quality of work being carried out at their property.
Inspectors found the owner was right to be anxious as the company and company director in charge of the work at the home in Kingswinford were not Gas Safe registered.
Ross Kitson, a director of Kitsongas Limited, was prosecuted and pleaded guilty to carrying out illegal work on the property. The company has since ceased trading.
Risk of serious injury or death
HSE Inspector Paul Cooper says Mr Kitson’s actions could have resulted in serious injury or death.
“The purpose of the Gas Safe Register is to protect the public from gas work being carried out by people who have not been trained and are not competent,” he said after the case at Dudley Magistrates’ Court.
“Mr Kitson and his company were not registered by Gas Safe Register, and by carrying out this work, his actions endangered members of the public, putting them at serious risk of injury and even potentially death.”
Mr Kitson carried out work on gas appliances in the property when neither he nor his company were registered as Gas Safe. He instead issued Gas Safe certificates in the name of another company that was properly registered.
The 29-year-old admitted breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £858. He was also made to pay a victim surcharge of £120.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 19, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown