A plumber who carried out dangerous gas work and was not registered with the Gas Safe Register has been told by a judge to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work.
John Ranfield, of Lansdowne Close, Tiptree, Essex, was also ordered to pay £500 in costs after pleading guilty to three separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
The 63-year-old was carrying out some plumbing work at a property in Tiptree in April last year when he was asked to install a domestic gas-fired boiler.
He agreed to do so, even though he had no qualifications to do so and was not on the Gas Safe Register, as required by law.
Serious safety failings identified
Mr Ranfield failed to complete the necessary checks before attaching the boiler to the flue. Incorrect combustion meant that the boiler was left with an unstable flame, which could have potentially exposed the homeowners to carbon monoxide.
After the Gas Safe Register inspected his installation, it found three defects – one classed as “immediately dangerous”, and the other two classed as “at risk”.
The Register passed their findings onto the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated and eventually brought the prosecution against Mr Ranfield. He was sentenced at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the sentencing, HSE inspector Kim Tichias said Mr Ranfield should have known better than to carry out work for which he was not qualified.
She added that it is vital to allow only registered gas engineers to do work on gas appliances and fittings, as carbon monoxide poisoning and gas explosions could end up killing people.
Making a claim with the Accident Advice Helpline
If you feel that you have suffered at the hands of substandard gas work, you could be entitled to seek personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help, telling you if you’ve got a case to claim and how much you could receive. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from mobile phones.
Source: Duval Heating
Date Published: July 10, 2014
Author: David Brown