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Plumber fined for unregistered work installing boiler

Date:
10 July 2015

A plumber illegally carried out work to install a gas boiler in a Plymouth home.

David Tucker, 41, was not registered with Gas Safe Register when he carried out the work at a property in Glendfield Road, Plymouth, in December 2014.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (10 July 2015), Plymouth magistrates heard Tucker had been asked to install the boiler and flue by the householder.

While Tucker had some training in plumbing work he did not have any qualifications in gas work and was not registered with Gas Safe Register.

Having installed the boiler Tucker left it working without commissioning it to make sure it was operating safely.

To fool the homeowner into believing that the gas boiler had been properly commissioned, Tucker used thename and number of a properly-registered gas installer on the commissioning document..

Tucker, of Stanborough Road, Plymstock, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 3(3) and Regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was fined a total of £1,800 and ordered to pay £692 in costs.

HSE Inspector Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Mr Tucker was not trained to carry out the work he was asked to do and when he left the boiler working but not commissioned he put the homeowners at risk.

“He then made things worse in falsely pretending that the boiler had been properly commissioned by fraudulently using the Gas Safe Register membership number of someone who had not commissioned the gas boiler.

“Joining Gas Safe Register is not an option for gas fitters, it is compulsory, and is there to safeguard the public from dangerous work.”

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

Notes to Editors:

  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. hse.gov.uk
  2. Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “No self-employed person shall carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting unless a member of a class of person approved for the time being by the Health and Safety Executive (Gas Safe Registered).”
  3. Regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states:. “No person shall falsely pretend to be a member of a class of persons required to be approved under paragraph (3) above.”
  4. HSE news releases are available at hse.gov.uk/press.

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