A plumber from Derbyshire has been sent to prison for putting his customers’ lives at risk.
Steven Colson, 46, previously known as Steven Barkway and trading as SBC Bathrooms, was prosecuted following refurbishment work at a home in Chesterfield.
He was sentenced to two months in prison and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 3(1), 3(3), 26(1), 27(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
Derby Crown Court heard how part of the work involved decommissioning, moving and recommissioning a boiler in the bathroom – something Mr Colson was not qualified to do. It later emerged that he was also not registered with Gas Safe.
Neil and Nazia Tingay, the owners of the property, became suspicious of his work and asked British Gas to give the boiler its annual service.
The engineer found six defects – three of which were classed as immediately dangerous and three of which were classed as at risk or not to current standards.
Mr Colson had connected the boiler to the wrong type of flue and had failed to fit an inner flue, which is needed to disperse fumes.
He had also terminated the flue at a louvered self-closing vent extractor, making it impossible for flue products to exit and combustion air to enter simultaneously, which could have led to a build-up of potentially lethal carbon monoxide fumes.
Personal injury claims
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In such instances, claims can be made against your landlords, lettings agents and those who carried out the work in the first place.
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Date Published: March 28, 2014
Author: David Brown