Magistrates have fined two tradesmen after residents in High Wycombe were put in danger by an illegally installed gas boiler.
One of the homeowners asked Aylesbury firm Quality Building Services, which is run by 47-year-old Anthony Shaw, to build an extension on his High Wycombe home in October 2012, the town’s magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday.
Not Gas Safe registered
A boiler needed to be moved from an airing cupboard to the extension and Mr Shaw suggested 33-year-old Darren Bridgen could do it – but he did not check that Mr Bridgen was on the Gas Safe Register, the court was told.
The magistrates heard the homeowner was to pay Mr Shaw for the work and in turn he would pay Mr Bridgen, who carried out the work on the boiler in early October before the extension was finished in July 2013.
When the local council inspected the work on the extension, the owner of the property was told he needed another certificate for the boiler now it had been moved but Mr Bridgen told Mr Shaw that his Gas Safe registration had elapsed.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after a Gas Safe engineer inspected the boiler and said he considered it to be ‘immediately dangerous’.
When he did the work Mr Bridgen was not registered with Gas Safe and Mr Shaw had not made sure that the work on the boiler was done by a registered engineer, the HSE told the court.
Both men admitted breaching the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
Anthony Shaw, from Oakfield Road, Aylesbury, was ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 and a further £550 and £120 in costs and a victim surcharge respectively.
Darren Bridgen, lives in Hawthorne Close in Aylesbury. He was fined £1,300 and must also pay £550 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Source: Health and Safety Executive