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Solihull man fined for illegal gas work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Solihull man for carrying out gas work without being registered.
David Jonathon Jackson claimed to be CORGI registered when he installed a gas fire and a gas water heater in a pensioner's lounge and kitchen between 1 March and 30 April, 2008.

Nuneaton Magistrates' Court heard Mr Jackson submitted a quote and an invoice with a false CORGI registration number. Engineers undertaking gas installation and maintenance work must be registered with the industry body. At the time of the incident this was CORGI, although now the approved body is the Gas Safe Register.

The illegal gas work became apparent when the elderly woman in her seventies raised concerns about the quality of his work and HSE carried out a joint investigation with the Gas Safe Register.

Mr Jackson pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) and Regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £500 costs.

HSE inspector Peter Snelgrove said: 'It is illegal for an unregistered person to carry out any work on gas appliances. Although Mr Jackson knew this, he went ahead with the job and even gave the householder paperwork with a false registration number to convince her that he was properly qualified.

'Working with gas appliances is difficult, specialised and potentially very dangerous. Poorly-installed gas work can cause explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal and can also cause serious long-term health problems. Anyone who hires a gas engineer to carry out work in their home should always ask to see their Gas Safe Register identity card and contact the Register immediately on 0800 408 5500 or visit the website if they have any concerns.'

Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: 'All too often our investigations team finds illegal gas fitters specifically preying on the elderly, offering discounted OAP rates and using charm tactics. Many use the Gas Safe logo on their van, adverts or paperwork when they are not registered. With a quarter of a million gas jobs carried out every year by illegal gas fitters who don't have the skills or the qualifications to work safely on gas, it is vital that householders always check that the engineer they use is on the Gas Safe Register, or they could be putting their lives and pocket at risk.'

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13 June 2011


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