A Brixham gas fitter has been fined after falsely claiming to be a registered gas engineer.
In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executiveon 2 November, Torbay Magistrates heard that gas fitter Sean Collins, of Penpethy Road, Brixham, carried out work on a gas boiler in July and August 2011 at an unoccupied house undergoing renovation in Brixham.
The court was told Mr Collins left the flue of the boiler in a dangerous condition and also removed the gas meter and failed to reinstall it, leaving open-ended gas pipes which could have poured gas into the house.
Further investigations revealed that Mr Collins falsely advertised himself as a member of Gas Safe Register and used the organisation’s logo on his on-line publicity material.
Mr Collins pleaded guilty to four offences under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1988 and one breach of Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined a total of £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs.
HSE Inspector Simon Jones said: “All gas engineers must be members of Gas Safe Register by law so customers can be sure they are dealing with someone who is properly trained and qualified to do the job.
“Unregistered installers who carry out gas work could expose people to unacceptable risks that can prove fatal.”
Gas Safe Register chief executive Paul Johnston said: “Gas work should only be carried out by a suitably qualified and competent Gas Safe registered engineer.
“Every registered engineer has an ID card that not only confirms they are who they say they are but also shows the kind of work they are qualified to carry out.”