A plumber has been given a suspended jail sentence after he carried out gas work without being on the Gas Safe Register.
Christopher Buck, of Mansfield Road, Bolsover, in Derbyshire, was also ordered to pay costs of £748 and do 200 hours of unpaid community work after he admitted breaching Regulations 3(3) and 26(9) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
He was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.
No safety checks carried out
Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court was told that Buck worked in a number of buildings between December 2012 and February this year without being registered.
He knew that it was illegal to do so because he was informed when he failed to renew his previous registration with Gas Safe.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) began investigating Mr Buck last year and found that, on November 27 2013, he had carried out work on a boiler at a property in Inkersall, Derbyshire, but did not complete the required safety checks.
This meant he failed to notice that some of the pipework had not been sealed properly, making the device unsafe and turning it into a potential carbon monoxide risk for the residents of the house.
Buck ‘put people at risk’
HSE inspector Edward Walker said Mr Buck committed a deliberate breach by carrying out the work, as he knew that he had to be registered with Gas Safe.
He also failed to take “due diligence” with regards to the safety checks that he was meant to carry out when he serviced the boiler, putting people in the house at risk, Mr Walker added.
Gas Safe Register chief executive Russell Krämer said all engineers carrying out gas work were legally required to be registered.
He urged people to “avoid the risks of dangerous and illegal gas work” by only ever using a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Date Published: November 29, 2014
Author: David Brown