Published on 12 - July - 2012
Local authority fined £83,600 for failing to arrange gas safety checks
Failure to arrange annual safety checks on gas appliances in tenanted accommodation has landed the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham with an £83,600 fine, following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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This is disappointing
A decade or so ago the guy in charge of council housing resigned following the sad death of a tenant and H&F spent a lot of time and effort introducing processes that were supposed to stop this from ever happening again. It is a massive and difficult task to conduct such inspections across such a wide range of properties, but nevertheless you would think the lesson would have been learned.
More than disappointing!
I have no doubt that the council officer(s) responsible will retain their jobs and it will be simply another 'learning' exercise for this local authority.
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