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Self-employed gardener guilty of gas safety failings

A self-employed gardener has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work that could have potentially endangered lives.

Rod Galbraith, of Farmoor House, Gweek, Helston, was undertaking groundworks at a residential property in Cornwall using a mini digger.

He severed a live gas pipe and then capped the pipe with a plastic water bottle.

Mr Galbraith, who was not Gas Safe registered at the time of the offence on 15 November 2014, left site at Fore Street, Praze, without informing either the emergency services or the gas supply network of his error.

He appeared at Truro Magistrates’ Court and was fined £800 with costs of £200 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Simon Jones said: “Workers should not attempt to repair a damaged gas pipe themselves and in this case using a plastic water bottle tied to the live open gas pipe and then leaving site is obviously totally inappropriate and shows a complete disregard for public safety.”

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