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Illegal gas fitter fined

A self-employed Middleton man has been fined for carrying out gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

Paul Gregory – of Hollin Lane, Middleton, Manchester – installed a boiler at a property in Trent Road, Shaw, Oldham between 8 July and 19 August 2014.

Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) heard on 22 September that Mr Gregory carried out this work illegally by undertaking gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

A Prohibition Notice (PN) had been served on Mr Gregory on 14 November 2011 following an investigation that prohibited him from undertaking any work on gas fittings until he was registered with Gas Safe Register.

By carrying out the work at Trent Road, he breached the prohibitions placed on him. The court heard that Mr Gregory was prosecuted for the same offences in 2012.

Mr Gregory was given two nine-month suspended sentences for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid community work and a curfew requirement from 7pm to 6am for four months after pleading guilty s.33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and reg.3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

He was also ordered to pay £1,800 in compensation to the homeowner and contribute £1,200 toward prosecution costs.

HSE inspector Lisa Bailey, who investigated the case, said: “Mr Gregory was well aware of the requirement to be Gas Safe registered; in fact, he had been previously prosecuted for the same offences in 2012 and had been given a PN preventing him from carrying out gas work until he was registered with Gas Safe Register. By ignoring this he potentially put lives at risk”.

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