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Landlord fined after family suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

Date:
13 November 2015

A landlord has been fined after a family of five suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at their rented home.

North Avon Magistrates’ Court heard that on 30 December 2014, the tenant returned home to Burley Grove, Mangotsfield, and turned on the heating.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting told the court he casing for the boiler was not in place as it had been removed to relight the boiler as the ignition button was not working. The tenants were not aware of the risks created by leaving the case off.

Later that evening five residents fell ill and were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Michael John Bull of Station Road, Coalpit Heath, Bristol admitted to breaching Regulations 36(2)(a) and 36(3)(a) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and was fined £2,360 plus full costs of £1,532 were awarded to HSE.

After the hearing Inspector Matthew Tyler said: “It is important that domestic landlords understand and meet their legal obligations to ensure that gas appliances in their tenanted properties are checked for safety annually and regularly serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This case demonstrates that where this is not undertaken that tenant can be exposed to the products of combustion including Carbon Monoxide which in the most serious cases can result in death.”

Further information can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/landlords/

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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