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Plumber sentenced for not being Gas Safe Registered

Date:
4 April 2016

A plumber in Essex has been sentenced to a community order after installing gas boilers while not being Gas Safe registered.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how Martin Law, installed three gas boilers and associated pipework at three premises in Faraday Close, Braintree, and at Sycamore Grove Braintree. A Gas-Safe investigation into the work undertaken at the premises found defects in all three works.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the installations which occurred over an 8 month period between October 2014 and May 2015, also found that despite Martin Law not being Gas Safe Registered, he used the Gas-Safe logo on his vehicle and in a local magazine as well as signing off gas work undertaken with an expired Gas Safe registration number.

Martin Law (trading as Complete Heating and Plumbing) of Trotters Field, Braintree, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was sentenced to a community order of 150 hours unpaid work over the next twelve months, and ordered to pay costs of £663.

For further information on Gas Safety visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/

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. 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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