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Gas fitter fined £3.5k for H&S offences

An unregistered gas fitter from Reading has been fined a total of £3,500 after pleading guilty to four health and safety offences at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.

Ian Duncan Robinson, of Grosvenor Road, Caversham, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) after he failed to ensure that gas fitting work was conducted by a registered installer.

Mr Robinson was removed from the official gas register on 18 April 2007, but continued to operate by claiming he was sub-contracting to registered installers.

He was responsible for the installation of a gas boiler as part of a larger building project at a property on Silverthorne Drive in Caversham between July 2007 and August 2007.
But the gas boiler was left in an unsafe condition, putting the residents of the property at serious risk.

Mr Robinson pleaded guilty to breaching regulations under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

As well as the fine of £3,500, he was ordered to pay costs of £1,500. HSE Inspector Dozie  Azubike, said: “Ian Robinson falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer and put lives in danger as a result.

“He allowed the boiler to be installed in a small dark space in the roof which meant it was not easy to reach to operate, inspect or maintain. He also failed to leave instructions for the boiler and to register the boiler with the relevant authorities.

“Gas fitters must be members of the Gas Safe Register and have the correct qualifications for the type of work they are doing.”