A 70 year-old self-employed maintenance worker has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work at a café and restaurant in St Austell, exposing customers and workers to the risk of injury.
Alistair Nicholas Clyne, of Gwindra Industrial Estate, St Stephen, St Austell, who carried out servicing and repair work on commercial catering equipment, was prosecuted at Bodmin Magistrates Court for carrying out illegal gas work on appliances.
The court heard that Mr Clyne was not registered as qualified with Gas Safe and had been warned by the Health and Safety Executive in September 2012 not to undertake any gas work while unregistered.
HSE found that Mr Clyne carried out the work at Pit Stop Snacks in St Austell, repairing an LPG deep fat fryer and water boiler. He also carried out gas work at Simply Jude’s restaurant in Pentewan, converting gas appliances to LPG and installing new gas pipework and gas appliances.
Mr Clyne pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 between June 2012 and February 2013. He was fined £375 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000. He was also ordered to pay the restaurant owner £800 in compensation.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “Mr Clyne chose to ignore a previous warning from HSE and displayed a blatant disregard for the safety of the public, and workers and customers at the restaurants. Gas work should only be undertaken by a suitably qualified and competent Gas Safe registered engineer. In this case, Mr Clyne undertook commercial catering gas work which posed a real danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and/or explosion.”