A man has been found guilty of conducting unregistered gas work.
Stephen Barton was sentenced by Torquay magistrates after conducting gas work and leaving it in a dangerous state.
Unregistered work was dangerous
Unregistered plumber Mr Barton had been working on both a gas cooker and boiler at two separate properties in Dawlish and Exeter in January and May 2016.
He had been installing both appliances, despite not being registered to work on gas appliances.
The Gas Safe Register subsequently inspected Mr Barton’s work at the homes and classed it as ‘dangerous’.
Mr Barton wasn’t on the Gas Safe Register at the time he carried out the work, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found.
Pleaded guilty and fined
The Dawlish-based man pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
As a result of his conviction, he was sentenced to do 300 hours of unpaid community work and to pay £3,600 in costs.
HSE Inspector Simon Jones said: “Stephen Barton undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do.
“All gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 22, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown