Gas installer falsely claiming to be gas safe registered

A gas installer has been fined after repeatedly carrying out gas work whilst falsely claiming to be gas safe registered.

The Crown Court heard how, between September 2016 and March 2018, a gas installer carried out gas work at four domestic premises but did not hold the necessary registration to carry out this work. He installed gas boilers along with other work at the premises and carried out modifications to gas pipework and installed a gas boiler and gas hob at the property.

On inspection, works carried out by the gas installer at all properties, were classed as ‘immediately dangerous’, ‘at risk’, ‘not to current standards’ or ‘building regulations non-compliant’ placing the occupants and other members of the public in significant danger due to the potential risk of gas escape, fire, and explosion.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the actions of the gas installer were fraudulent and deliberate. Trading under various names, he pretended to be Gas Safe registered to convince vulnerable people to engage his services to undertake work that he was not competent to do.

The gas installer pleaded guilty to breaching four counts of regulation 3(1), 3(3) and 3 (7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 along with S22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc, Act 1974. He was given a 10 month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and pay costs of £5,000 and £125 compensation.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector said: “The installer undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do. All gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life. Householders should check that the engineer carrying out gas work in their home is registered with Gas Safe.”

Source: www.hse.gov.uk