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Jim the Joiner pays price for illegal gas work

A joiner found illegally working with gas boilers while unregistered was ordered to pay more than £1,000 compensation to a customer.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Jim Price in Bury St Edmunds court on November 26, after he pleaded guilty to working on gas boilers while not registered.

Price removed an old gas boiler from a house in Bury St Edmunds and installed a new one in its place. The joiner was not registered and carried out the installation incorrectly. As a result, his customer had to pay another engineer to put right the faulty work.

Price, who trades as Jim the Joiner, was ordered to pay £1,150.74 in compensation to the customer for faulty boiler work he carried out in 2007. He was fined £250 for breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998. He also paid £250 in court costs.

HSE Inspector Andrew Saunders, who led the investigation said: 'When unqualified workers try to bypass the law in this way they are not only putting themselves at risk of prosecution and a large fine, they are also putting their customers' lives at risk. Working with gas appliances is difficult, specialised and potentially dangerous. Only qualified and registered engineers should attempt it. Those employing someone to carry out work on a gas installation such as a boiler or fire should first make sure the person is fully registered with the Gas Safe Register. HSE will not hesitate to prosecute those who flout the law in this way.'
3 December 2009


By Vernon Hunt (BDM-Drakes Plumbing Supplies)
03 December 2009 00:04:00

Non qualified people purchasing gas boilers/products has always been a problem and if we as responsible merchants take a stand by refusing to sell to non ' Gas Safe' installers then they will just go to DIY or other merchants.

Yes it needs the government to introduce some way of stopping anyone simply purchasing gas products.
By ian rayner swindon
03 December 2009 00:03:00
I agree with Ian Childs that only gas safe registered gas fitter should be the only people able to buy gas boilers from merchants or the sheds .

This should also extend to other gas fittings such as gas cooker hoses and boilers spares. I am very sure all these type of spares have been fitted by unregistered fitters in the past and the present - Ian Rayner Swindon
03 December 2009 00:02:00

We are a plumbing merchant based in Bromley Kent. We sell boilers every week to unregistered "fitters". The government should make it law that only registered Engineers can purchase boilers, this would increase the workload for those who have paid for the "privilege' of being Gas Safe registered and paid for the appropriate training. - Ian Childs, Managing Director Eastwood Plumbing Supplies
By S. Dade
03 December 2009 00:01:00

There are hundreds of builders unregistered doing gas work and until something goes wrong they get away with it.

The HSE needs more tactics to deal with this kind of matter.
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