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HSE investigation into individual who isn’t Gas Safe Registered

Posted on April 6, 2021

A gas installer has been sentenced after carrying out gas work that was found to be immediately dangerous whilst no longer being gas safe registered.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how from 11 November 2018, Mr Atherton had commenced fitting a new gas boiler and central heating system at a domestic property in St Helens, Merseyside. He installed the boiler and left the flue terminating in the loft allowing products of combustion to enter the property, resulting in the boiler being left in an immediately dangerous condition.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Atherton was not Gas Safe registered at the time that he had undertaken the work. He had previously been registered with Gas Safe when working for a previous employer, but the registration had lapsed on 11 October 2018. The registration was not renewed, resulting in him illegally carrying out the gas work.

Mr Atherton of Skelmersdale, Lancashire pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 3(3) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment suspended for one year, ordered to carry out 200 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

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