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Shropshire builder in court for illegal gas work

Date:
29 April 2015

The former owner of a Shropshire building firm has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at two West Midlands homes.

Jonathan Taylor, 44, from Broseley, was prosecuted at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday 29 April 2015 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation established that he carried out gas work on two separate occasions without being a member of the Gas Safe Register, as the law requires.

The court was told that he was registered with the Gas Safe Register between October 2009 and October 2010, but had subsequently allowed his registration to lapse. He knew a current registration was a legal requirement, but opted to undertake the gas work regardless.

Jonathan Taylor, of Owen Terrace, Duke Street, Broseley, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 as an unregistered gas fitter – two counts of Regulation 3(1), two counts of Regulation 3(3) and single count of Regulation (3(2).

He was given a four month sentence for the five charges (to run concurrently), suspended for 12 months and 150 hours committee service. He was also ordered to pay £6,296.35 in costs.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector David Kivlin said:

“Those who undertake gas work must be on the Gas Safe Register, and anyone who works on gas appliances without being registered is working illegally.

“Mr Taylor had previously been a member of the Gas Safe Register but his membership had lapsed and he was no longer registered. This case highlights the need for householders to check the credentials of anyone working at their property.”

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 (1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “No person shall carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting unless he is competent to do so.”
  3.  Regulation 3 (2) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations1998 states:“The employer of any person carrying out such work for that employer, every other employer and self-employed person who has control to any extent of such work and every employer and self-employed person who has required such work to be carried out at any place of work under his control shall ensure that paragraph (1) above is complied with in relation to such work.”
  4.  Regulation 3 (3) ofthe Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states: “No employer shall allow any of his employees to carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting or service pipework and no self-employed person shall carry out any such work, unless the employer or self-employed person, as the case may be, is a member of a class of persons approved for the time being by the Health and Safety Executive for the purposes of this paragraph.”
  5.  Section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) states: “Where an offence under any relevant statutory provisions committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or a person purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.”
  6.  Every Gas Safe registered engineer has an ID card which shows who they are and the type of work they are qualified to carry out. You can also visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500 to check your tradesperson is appropriately qualified.
  7.  HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

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