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Installer fined for incomplete work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning gas fitters to ensure that they are competent and registered before undertaking work.


The warning follows the HSE's prosecution of a Leeds gas fitter who provided a landlord with completed landlord gas safety records without carrying out the full range of safety checks.


The operative was also found to be carrying out work which was outside the terms of his CORGI registration.


Duke John York was ordered to pay £1,800 in fines and costs at Leeds Magistrates Court, on 18 April, after he pleaded guilty of two offences for failing to discharge his duty under section 3(2) and two offences under 33(1)(l) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.


Mr York also pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. Thirty seven other offences were taken into consideration.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,300.

Mr York was discovered to have used his employer's stationery to issue bogus gas safety certificates. When this was discovered by his employer, he issued a further set of bogus certificates using the details of another gas fitter.


A spot check on some of the appliances allegedly inspected by the defendant undertaken by a CORGI Inspector and a Health and Safety Inspector revealed that the appliances had been neither checked nor serviced and were deemed to be 'At Risk'.


HSE Inspector David Green said: 'This individual was working outside the terms of his CORGI registration carrying out landlord safety checks. He deliberately used false details and did not carry out the work to the required standard. His actions could have led to tragedy particularly since the tenant of these properties were unaware.


“Landlords should be diligent in ensuring the gas engineers they engage have the relevant training and are CORGI registered. This can be done by checking the CORGI card or website. HSE will not hesitate to prosecute individuals who break the law and put people's health and safety at risk.'