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North West man sentenced for unregistered gas work

14 December 2017

An unregistered gas installer has been fined after carrying out gas work whilst not being registered with the Gas Safe Register.

Bolton Crown Court heard how, in February and March 2016, Guy Hilton, trading as Aquafix, carried out gas work at two addresses in Bolton using a false Gas Safe registration number.

An investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they were notified by the Gas Safety Register. The investigation found that Mr Hilton had undertaken repairs to a boiler, capped off the gas supply and carried out landlord gas safety checks at one property and carried out repairs to a boiler at another, without being gas safe registered.

Guy Hilton of Ashley Avenue, Bolton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998.

Mr Hilton was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said: “Guy Hilton undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do.

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

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