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Gas safety failings cost man £6,500

6 May 2015

Philip Bowden of Daisy Path, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, pleaded guilty to safety failings after employing someone to undertake gas work on his behalf that was not a member of Gas Safe Register.

He appeared at Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court and was fined £4,000 with costs of £2,500 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

The court heard that the incident took place at Meadfoot Lane, Torquay, In September and October 2012 where Philip Bowden had control of gaswork (gas boiler installation at a residential property) but the person that he arranged to undertake that gaswork on his behalf was not a member of Gas Safe Register.

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  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 4 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “where and employer or self employed person requires work in relation to a gas fitting to be carried out at any place of work under his control he shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the person undertaking that work is a member of Gas Safe Register”.
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