A Norfolk heating engineer has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a newly built home in Dereham.
Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard today (28 March 2013) that between August 2011 and May 2012, David Scent, from Hingham, installed a gas boiler at a property on Sheldrick Place.
The home owner contacted Gas Safe Register to raise his concerns about the gas installation.
A Gas Safe investigator visited the address on 28th May 2012 and found the boiler pipework and flue had a number of ‘at risk’ faults.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified and established that Mr Scent had illegally installed the boiler without being registered with Gas Safe – a legal requirement for anyone undertaking work of this nature.
HSE also found that he had signed the commissioning certificate for the boiler using Gas Safe registration details of a previous employer who had no knowledge of the work.
Mr Scent, of Rectory Gardens, Hingham, Norfolk, was fined a total of £1,400 and ordered to pay £2,190 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Gill said:
“Mr Scent installed a gas boiler and gas pipework knowing he was not legally allowed to do so.
“People die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause fires, explosions, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Homeowners, landlords and tenants should always request ID and check their engineer is properly accredited.”
Russell Kramer chief executive of Gas Safe Register, added:
“Every Gas Safe registered engineer carries a Gas Safe ID card, which shows who they are and the type of gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
“We always encourage the public to ask for and check the card and if they have any concerns about the safety of work carried out in their home, to speak to us. Every year we investigate thousands of reports of illegal gas work. Call us on 0800 408 5500 or visit our website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk .”
Further information about gas safety can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/ga