An individual has been convicted of illegally carrying out gas works, placing the lives of multiple members of the public at risk.
Steve Arnold had been trading as Thermostat Plumbing and Heating Services of Hackney, but Southend Magistrates' Court heard how he breached section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to have the essential qualifications required to carry out such work.
HSE inspector Vicky Fletcher said: "Unregistered gas fitters do not have the training, knowledge or experience to work on gas fittings safely. They endanger the lives of the public for financial gain."
She added that every year, improper and illegal gas works cost the lives of 15 people on average due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
As a result of his actions, Mr Arnold was sentenced to a two-month jail sentence suspended for 18 month and was fined GBP 12,000.
Last month, the HSE played a key role in the prosecution of Blunsdon parish councillor Michael Compton, who pleaded guilty to illegally carrying out gas works at the residence an elderly woman in his constituency.
He was fined GBP 5,000 for the offence and ordered to pay costs of GBP 1,840.
Posted by Trevor Baker
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