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Suspended prison sentence for Cornish plumber

30 November 2016

A self-employed plumber left a boiler with numerous faults and in a dangerous state at a customer’s home at Belmont Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall a court has heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), investigated the incident and prosecuted Daniel Martin at a hearing before Bodmin Magistrates on 30 November 2016 .

The court were told that Daniel Martin of Carnellis Road, St Ives had no qualifications in gas work and was not a member of Gas Safe Register and yet he still installed a new gas boiler at the property on Belmont Terrace, St Ives in April 2016 and left it leaking gas along with other numerous faults on the installation that meant that it was not installed to the proper safety standards.

Daniel Martin then compounded his offences by returning to the property on two further occasions when the homeowners raised concerns with him that they could smell gas in an attempt to rectify his illegal and poor workmanship.

A Gas Safe Register inspector subsequently examined Daniel Martin’s work at the home and found numerous faults that meant that the gas boiler posed a risk to life.

The HSE investigation found that Daniel Martin was not registered with Gas Safe Register to undertake any gaswork and had no training in gaswork.

Daniel Martin pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months  and ordered to pay £1,017  in costs.

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

“Mr Martin put his customer’s lives at risk by installing a gas boiler which he was not legally entitled to do and left it in an incredibly dangerous condition.

“He then compounded the situation by ignoring rightly expressed concerns of the homeowners by repeatedly returning to the property to try and rectify his own poor workmanship that was leaking gas and that could have caused a catastrophic gas explosion at any time.

“All domestic gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”

Further information on domestic gas safety issues can be found on the HSE website at

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
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: link to external website
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