A pub worker has been fined after illegally installing a new gas line in a flat.
Geoffrey Voss, 59, from Torquay, installed gas pipework and a gas boiler at a flat despite having no competencies in gas work and despite him having never been registered with the Gas Safe Register for any gas work.
He was prosecuted after his illegal activities were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Mr Voss’s illegal work came to light when the homeowner repeatedly asked him for the commissioning documentation for the new gas boiler that he had installed, Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court heard.
He never produced the document, leading the homeowner to raise concerns with the Gas Safe Register.
Mr Voss admitted he had not commissioned the gas boiler after he had installed it. Such commissioning should have included tests to ensure the boiler he installed wasn’t producing high levels of carbon monoxide, but he left the boiler working without the tests being undertaken, putting the homeowner at risk from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Geoffrey Voss pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) and 33(1)(c) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)Regulations and was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment suspended for 2 years and ordered to pay £757 in costs.
Lucky no one was hurt
HSE Inspector Simon Jones said only engineers with the correct competencies and who are registered with Gas Safe can legally carry out gas work. It’s fortunate that no-one was harmed as a result of Mr Voss’s illegal work, he added.
Once a gas boiler has been installed it should always be properly commissioned to ensure that it is operating safely.
In this case Mr Voss did no such safety checks after his illegal work, leaving it to chance that there would not be a risk of fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 5, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown