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Builder fined for unsafe gas work

A builder has been fined for safety failings after he undertook work on gas appliances while not Gas Safe registered.

Redhill Magistrates’ Court heard how Allan Mainwaring, 49, of Mount Pleasant Road, Dartford, Kent, carried out building work at a house in Ashtead, Surrey between April 2014 and February 2015.

It included the installation of a new boiler and moving the location of a gas cooker with the associated gas pipework.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court Mr Mainwaring was not registered with the industry body, Gas Safe.

Mr Mainwaring pleaded guilty to s.3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, at Redhill Magistrates Court.

He was sentenced to a 12 month community order during which he was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay costs of £971.60 and a compensation order to the homeowners of £1,000.

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