A plumber has avoided prison with a suspended sentence after being prosecuted for the second time in just four months for doing gas work illegally.
Bodmin Magistrates found 33-year-old Matthew Congdon, from Bude, Cornwall, guilty of three breaches of health and safety laws and he received a six-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months on Friday.
Breach of Prohibition Notice
The court heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had prosecuted Mr Congdon at the same court in December.
He was fined £5,000 after admitting working on gas installations when he was not registered with Gas Safe, falsely using its logo and breaching a Prohibition Notice previously imposed by the HSE, the magistrates were told.
But just two days before that court appearance he had worked on another gas boiler in a home in Bude, breaching another Prohibition Notice in the process, the court heard.
That boiler was not fit for use as Mr Congdon did not install it to the instructions provided by the manufacturer and it was not commissioned, the magistrates were told.
In his latest court appearance Mr Congdon, who lives on Westby Road in Bude, was found guilty of two Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and another breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
‘No regard for public safety’
By doing the work while unregistered Mr Congdon displayed no regard for the safety of the public, according to HSE inspector Simon Jones after the case had concluded.
He kept working on gas installations when he knew he should not have been doing so, Mr Jones said.
He added that gas work Mr Congdon had done previously had not been up to the required standard and had put people in danger.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 13, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown