An unregistered plumber has been prosecuted for installing a gas boiler and leaving it in a potentially dangerous state.
Mark Evans, aged 52, an unregistered plumber, fitted the gas boiler at a property on Denys Road, Torquay, after being recommended to the homeowners by a family friend.
Mr Evans also failed to commission the boiler – meaning he did not get it properly checked, a legal requirement.
Lives put a risk by substandard work
The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation after a Gas Safe Register Inspector found the work carried out by Mr Evans was substandard and classed the installation as ‘at risk’, meaning a risk to life exists.
The homeowner contacted Gas Safe Register after arranging for another Gas Safe Register engineer to check on the work undertaken by Mark Evans, as they had concerns over the standard of his work.
Unbeknown to the homeowners, the engineer that they had arranged to visit turned out to be the brother of Mark Evans, who is a properly registered gas engineer. He had concerns over the boiler installation and told the homeowners to contact Gas Safe Register.
Plumber handed suspended sentence
Mark Evans of Sladnor Park Road, Torquay, pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and was sentenced to an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to serve 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £3,541.00 in costs.
HSE Inspector Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said: “Mark Evans put lives at risk by undertaking gas work which he was neither qualified nor registered to undertake.”
“He knew he should not have done the work but continued anyway blatantly disregarding the law, the law that is there to protect members of the public.”
The inspector warns that after a gas boiler is installed, it has to be immediately commissioned to ensure that it is working safely. “Mark Evans made no such check and so left the homeowners with a potentially dangerous boiler for a considerable period of time with him knowing that the boiler had not been commissioned,” Mr Jones said.
Source: Health and Safety Executive