An unregistered gas fitter put tenants’ lives at risk by illegally installing a boiler that was later classed as dangerous, a safety inspector has said.
Christian Winter, 35, also deceived the landlord he did the work for by using a fake Gas Safe Register number on his paperwork, Exeter Crown Court heard.
Trading as CJS Winter Plumbing & Heating Services, Mr Winter admitted breaching both the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act.
He was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs totalling £3,327.80.
Mr Winter installed the boiler at the landlord’s property in Kingskerswell, south Devon, despite not being registered to do so with the Gas Safe Register, the court was told.
Engineers passed boiler as safe
Having done so, he then carried out landlord’s gas safety checks and used a fictitious registration number on the gas safety records he produced. Mr Winter passed the boiler as safe over the course of the following three years, the court heard.
His offences were uncovered and the gas installation classed as dangerous when it was later inspected and found to have a number of faults by a registered engineer.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said when the landlord challenged Mr Winter about the faults he continued to claim he was a registered gas engineer.
Following the court case HSE inspector Simon Jones said the landlord had relied on Mr Winter’s honesty. But he had put the lives of her tenants at risk by carrying out the work and deceiving her about his credentials.
It was lucky, he added, that nobody had been hurt as a result of his work. Mr Jones stressed that only engineers registered with Gas Safe are permitted to carry out gas work.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown