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£60,000 fine for gas safety failings

A landlord in Accrington has been fined nearly £60,000 after being repeatedly warned by the Health and Safety Executive to arrange an annual gas safety check for his property.

The last gas safety check expired in October 2012 for the building on Persia Street, Accrington, but Tariq Ali had ignored reminders from HSE.

Mr Ali had also been reported to the Gas Safe Register in 2011, when a number of gas appliances at his properties were classified as being ‘at risk’ or ‘immediately dangerous’.

He had also been served with an improvement notice for the Persia Street property in September last year.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court fined Mr Ali, of Knotwood Court, Accrington, £40,000 and ordered him to pay £18,000 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE stated that the charges relate to failing to have the gas appliances checked annually, and failing to comply with an improvement notice.