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Illegal gas boiler installations prosecution

Prior to the Gas Safe Register’s national media announcement at the weekend, highlighting the dangers of employing unqualified installers, the HSE announced the prosecution of a plumber from Bury St Edmunds, Suffok.

Michael Gallimore admitted breaching health and safety laws at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last week.

A complaint from a customer to the Gas Safe Register had been passed to the HSE, highlighting concerns about two installations in 2008 and 2009 in Bury St Edmunds and Weeting, Norfolk, respectively.

The Weeting installation was found to be “immediately dangerous” by the investigating officer and both were classified as “at risk”.

Mr Gallimore had been hired by Frank Simmonds in Weeting, who said: “We asked Michael Gallimore if he was qualified to do the gas work and he told us he was.

“We asked to to see his paperwork and he said he would provide it to us later - but it just didn’t appear.

“I would advise anyone hiring a tradesman to always check and double check the paperwork before you allow them to start work in your home.

“You think it will never happen to you but it can.”

Mr Gallimore admitted regulations 3(3), 3(7) and 33(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

He was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £4,000 in costs.

Installers seeking more information on gaining relevant qualification can do so at www.gassaferegister.co.uk