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Is your plumber Gas Safe Registered?

Author: Kelly Homar

Homeowners and landlords are urged to ensure, when employing a plumber to carry out gas works at their properties, that the plumber is Gas Safe registered.

Recently, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) successfully prosecuted two plumbers for carrying out gas work, despite not being Gas Safe Registered.

Gareth Scott Redford carried out gas work at four properties in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire without being Gas Safe registered.  This work was subsequently deemed unsafe.  Mr Redford pleaded guilty to 14 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006. Cambridge Crown Court sentenced Mr Redford to 16 months imprisonment.

Michael Trent Algar pleaded guilty to 3 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 following the installation of a new boiler which was found to have been incorrectly fitted.  Mr Algar carried out this work whilst unregistered despite having received advisories from the HSE on previous occasions for similar matters.  Mr Algar received a 14 month custodial sentence from Manchester Magistrates Court.

The Courts and the HSE have stated that the affected homeowners were lucky that the problems were identified and remedied quickly by registered Gas Safe workers.  Homeowners and landlords are reminded that the consequences of unsafe gas works could be fatal and therefore it is important to ensure plumbers are Gas Safe registered before any work is carried out.


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