A building company owner has been fined after illegal gas work exposed a young family to serious health risks.
Josephine Zielinski, trading as JBZ Builders, of Leatherhead in Surrey, told an employee – her son – to move a flue serving a gas boiler at a property in Holly Hill, Tunbridge Wells, during an extension project.
Both the company and the worker were not Gas Safe registered so were not qualified to carry out the work.
Ms Zielinski was charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with a breach of gas safety regulations.
The employee moved the flue to vent from another external wall in June 2013. Sometime later, however, a plumber hired by the family to flush the system noticed the flue installation was substandard.
A registered gas engineer, who visited the property on 11 November 2013, classed several parts of the installation as either at risk or not to current standards. HSE then launched its own investigation into the unsafe work.
Josephine Zielinski, of Proctor Gardens, Bookham, Leatherhead, was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £845 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching gas safety law at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court.
Work to a gas flue should only be carried out by suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineers.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury as a result of defective or substandard work, you could be entitled to compensation. How much money you receive will depend on the type and severity of the injury.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with injury claims for faulty work on a regular basis, including dangerous gas work, so it can provide you with all the advice and support you need to make a successful claim.