Householders were left in grave danger after a Staffordshire fitter who was not Gas Safe-registered installed a boiler in their home.
Glenn Edkins, 43, trading as GPE Plumbing and Heating, carried out the illegal work at a property in Barton-under-Needwood in November 2012, potentially putting people’s lives at risk, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard.
Gas safety law breached
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mr Edkins this week for breaching gas safety law following an investigation into the events.
Mr Edkins quoted a false Gas Safe registration number on the commissioning paperwork and boiler guarantee which he filled in after he had installed the boiler, the court was told.
The householders could smell gas in the room so they called him back not long afterwards and he fixed it having identified the source of the leak.
Gas Safe register check
The occupants of the house at this stage decided to check Mr Edkins’ Gas Safe credentials – and they discovered that he was not on the register, despite also having done work for them in the past.
Several serious defects in the work were subsequently identified by a genuine Gas Safe registered engineer.
Copper pipe that was too small had been used to supply gas to the boiler, which could have caused a potentially dangerous pressure drop if the boiler, fire and cooker hob were all being used simultaneously.
Once HSE was informed of the case, Mr Edkins was served with a Prohibition Notice preventing him from carrying out further gas work until he was registered.
Glenn Phillip Edkins of Holly Road, Barton-under-Needwood, had previously pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
He was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay a victim compensation order of £1,275 and costs of £1,264.
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Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 18, 2014
Author: Jonathan Brown