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Illegal Swindon gas fitter put lives at risk

Date:
20 January 2015

An unregistered gas fitter put lives at risk because of his poor work illegally fitting boilers.

Arash Raeisinezhadian, 30, illegally carried out gas work at four properties in Swindon between 30 November 2013 and 22 February 2014.

Mr Raeisinezhadian’s activities were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted him at Swindon Magistrates today (19 January).

The court heard that Mr Raeisinezhadian was paid by a letting agency to remove an old boiler and install a new one at a domestic property in Kopernik Road, Haydon End. He was also contracted to install boilers at homes in Belle Vue Road, Pennycress Close and Abbey View Road.

When the work was checked by a registered gas engineer, the installation at Kopernik Road was classed as “immediately dangerous” because a gas leak was detected and the flue was not installed to the manufacturer’s instructions. Faults, including a gas leak, were also found with the work at Belle Vue Road.

Arash Raeisinezhadian, of Faringdon Road, Swindon, pleaded guilty to four breaches of health and safety legislation and was fined a total of £2,150 and ordered to pay £831 in costs.

HSE Inspector Paul Newton, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Only engineers registered with Gas Safe can carry legally carry out gas work. This case shows the risks of using illegal gas workers and it was fortunate no-one was seriously hurt.

“If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers are not properly installed there is a risk of fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Russell Kramer, of Gas Safe Register, said:

“Illegal gas work is dangerous and puts lives and property at risk. With one in five illegal gas jobs found to be immediately dangerous, it’s vital that people only use Gas Safe registered engineers to carry out gas work.”

You can check if an individual is Gas Safe registered by asking to see their Gas Safe ID card, calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk.”

Further information about gas safety can be found on the HSE website at  http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/

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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. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every self-employed person to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”  
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