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Bude Plumber prosecuted for second time in four month

8 May 2015

Bude plumber Matthew Congdon (aged 33),  of Westby Road, Bude was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the second time within four months for undertaking gas work while he was not registered with Gas Safe Register.

Matthew Congdon was found guilty of breaching Regulation 3(3) and 33(1)(c) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and Section 33(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was sentenced at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8 May 2015. He was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Mr Congdon had previously been prosecuted by the HSE and had pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court in December 2014 for undertaking gas work while he was not registered, for falsely using the Gas Safe Register logo and for breaching an HSE Prohibition Notice and he was fined £5,000.

Two days before Mr Congdon pleaded guilty in December 2014 he installed another gas boiler at a residential property in Bude. By doing so, he breached another HSE Prohibition Notice. The gas boiler that he fitted had not been installed to the manufactures instructions and had not been commissioned which means that it was not safe to use.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Simon Jones said: “Mr Congdon showed utter contempt for public safety when he continued to undertake gaswork when he knew he should not. Previous gaswork by Mr Congdon had been found to be substandard and posed a danger to the public.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
  2. Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “No employer shall allow any of his employees to carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting or service pipework and no self-employed person shall carry out any such work, unless the employer or self-employed person, as the case may be, is a member of a class of persons approved for the time being by the Health and Safety Executive for the purposes of this paragraph.”
  3. Regulation 33(1)(c) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “Where a person installs a gas appliance at a time when gas is being supplied to the premises in which the appliance is installed, he shall immediately thereafter test its connection to the installation pipework to verify that it is gastight and examine the appliance and the gas fittings and other works for the supply of gas and any flue or means of ventilation to be used in connection with the appliance for the purpose of ascertaining whether (c) the appliance has been installed with due regard to any manufacturer’s instructions provided to accompany the appliance.
  4. Section 33(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states ‘it is an offence for a person to contravene any requirement or prohibition imposed by a prohibition notice
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