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Plumber fined for sub-standard boiler installation

Date:
13 April 2015

A plumber from Malswick has been fined £250 after installed an oil fired boiler at a property that had the potential to cause death from CO poisoning. 

Nigel Grinnell, 48, from The Willows, Malswick, Gloucestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act after  Cheltenham Magistrates’ heard the boiler was installed in a compartment with inadequate ventilation and an unsuitable material, flue liner, linking the boiler into the chimney. 

No problems were noticed for around six months until the householder came home to find the house full of smoke and fumes. The flexible flue liner had dipped to form a moisture trap. This had become full of water which had fully or partially blocked the flue. These conditions led to incomplete combustion and the spillage of products of combustion including carbon monoxide. 

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