Gareth Scott Redford has today been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for carrying out unsafe gas work.
Cambridge Crown Court heard how Mr Redford, a plumber, carried out gas work at four properties in the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire areas. Concerns were raised in 2014 and the homeowners of each property separately made complaints to Gas Safe Register.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards (CCCTS) found Mr Redford carried out the gas work at the properties when he was unregistered. The work he conducted at several properties was deemed unsafe, putting homeowners and residents at risk of harm.
Gareth Scott Redford of Blaydon Place, Sutton, Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to 14 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006, and today he was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.
Speaking after the case HSE inspector Graeme Warden said: “Mr Redford put the homeowners and residents at risk of harm, when he conducted gas work while unregistered.
“Both CCCTS and HSE worked closely and collaboratively in the investigative stages of this case and throughout to get this result.”
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/
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