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Plumber left gas boiler in dangerous state

5 November 2015

A self-employed plumber left a boiler with numerous faults and in a dangerous state at a customer’s home at Hillyfield Road, Exeter.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and prosecuted Mr Dunn at a hearing before Exeter Magistrates on 4 November 2015.

The court was told that Michael Dunn of Luscombe Crescent, Paignton installed a new gas boiler and left it leaking gas and the boiler flue that he installed was not installed to the manufacturer’s instructions and not to the proper standards.

Mr Dunn then compounded his offences by ignoring repeated concerns raised with him by the homeowners that they could smell gas. Wales and West Utilities were called to the site and found that there was a gas leak. They immediately capped off the gas supply to the property to make it safe.

Mr Dunn pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

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