A self-employed gas fitter has been imprisoned after installing a new boiler without being Gas Safe registered.
Michael Trent Algar today pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The court heard that Algar had been employed to install a new boiler in a domestic property. The homeowners ran a bath for their daughter and smelled gas. They contacted another Gas Engineer who carried out the repairs and found that the flue had not been replaced.
The flue that had been left had a gap which allowed products of combustion to enter into the property. He deemed this as immediately dangerous and it was reported to Gas Safe Register.
The Court heard that Mr Algar was not Gas Safe registered and has never been registered. He had received advice from HSE on previous occasions in relation to similar matters.
Michael Trent Algar of Milnrow Road, Shaw, Oldham, pleaded guilty to breaching three charges under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and received a 14-month custodial sentence.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said: “The homeowners were very lucky in this case. Had they not acted as quickly as they did the consequences could have been devastating.
“Michael Algar carried out Gas work despite not being competent or Gas Safe registered. It is important that homeowners check the Gas Safe registration number of any engineers who attend their property. I hope this sentence sends a message to other unregistered Gas Installers.”
Notes to Editors:
- 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. www.hse.gov.uk
- More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
- HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
- More information regarding how to manage gas appliances / equipment safely can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/index.htm