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Tyneside Kitchen Fitter Fined After Boiler Found To Pose A Danger To Life

By Kevin Burke
5th March, 2015

Unregistered gas fitter sentenced

A kitchen fitter from Tyneside has been fined after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered and potentially putting people's lives in danger.

At Newcastle Magistrates Court on March 4th, self-employed Neil Scott, 38, of Exeter Road in Wallsend, admitted to six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, or three breaches of Regulation 3 (7) and three of Regulation 3 (3). He was fined £6,000 and told to pay £500 in costs.

Magistrates were told that Scott had been contracted by a local kitchen fitting company to work at three kitchen refurbishment sites between September 1st and December 31st 2012. This work involved fitting gas hobs and other gas appliances, including a central heating boiler.

When the kitchen fitting firm got in touch with Gas Safe to examine the work, a regional investigations officer from Gas Safe found that the boiler had a number of faults and could have put lives and property in danger if it was used.

The kitchen fitting firm had previously asked Scott if he was Gas Safe Registered, and he had falsely claimed that he was, despite the fact that he had never been registered and was not competent to perform the work safely and adequately. Only Gas Safe engineers are legally permitted to perform work on gas appliances.

Accordingly, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) began investigating the issue.

Following the hearing, Jonathan Wills, HSE Inspector, said that Scott treated the law with a "deliberate and reckless approach" and put three property owners in danger for the sake of profit.

In one instance, Scott's work could have caused someone to suffer serious injury or could have even taken their life, he added.

Mr Wills said the case should remind those who break the law in a similar way and put other's lives in danger will be prosecuted by the HSE.

Gas Safe Register Chief Executive Russell Kramer pointed out that illegal gas work can put people's property and lives at risk, and said it is essential that people employ Gas Safe engineers for all gas work.

To find out if an engineer is Gas Safe, call the Gas Safe register on 0800 408 5500 or visit their website.

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