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Blackburn landlady fined for breaching gas safety regulations

A landlady from Blackburn has been fined for repeatedly ignoring warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a property with five gas appliances.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council made a number of attempts to contact Samera Hussain between October 2012 and April 2013, but she failed to provide proof of a gas safety record for a property on Cumberland Street.

On 16 May Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard that a tenant had lived in the house for nearly two years but a gas engineer only visited the property to carry out a safety check just before she moved out in June 2013.

The court was told that there were four gas fires and one gas boiler in the house which, under UK law, should have been checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Blackburn Council first wrote to Mrs Hussain in October 2012 requesting proof of a gas safety check. This was followed up by four letters from the council and HSE, and a visit to the property where one of Mrs Hussain's relatives lived as a further attempt to contact her.

HSE also issued an Improvement Notice on 30 April 2013 giving Mrs Hussain 26 days to arrange a gas safety check. However, she failed to meet this deadline.

Samera Hussain pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to arrange an annual gas safety check and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. She was fined £260 and ordered to pay £207 in prosecution costs.



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19 May 2014

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