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Builder fined for unsafe gas work

Date:
29 September 2015

A builder has been fined for safety failings after he undertook work on gas appliances while not Gas Safe registered. 

Redhill Magistrates’ Court heard how Allan Mainwaring, 49, from Kent carried out building work at a house in Ashtead, Surrey between April 2014 and February 2015. This work included the installation of a new boiler, moving the location of a gas cooker and associated gas pipework. 

Mainwaring undertook the work, but the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting, told the court he was not registered with the industry body, Gas Safe.

Allan Mainwaring, of Mount Pleasant Road, Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, at Redhill Magistrates Court today.

He was sentenced to a 12 month community order during which he was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay costs of £971.60 and a compensation order to the homeowners of £1000.

For more information about Gas safety log onto the website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/ 

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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. www.hse.gov.uk 
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/  
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