Plumber sentenced after carrying out illegal gas work

A self-employed plumber has been sentenced after carrying out gas safety tests whilst unregistered.

Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court heard that on 3 August 2017, Lee Taylor a self-employed plumber, installed a gas fire in a property due to be sold. The landlord required a gas safety check certificate and employed Mr Taylor to undertake the test.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Taylor was registered with Gas Safe, but only under his current employer. As he attended this job in a self-employed capacity, he was not registered to undertake gas work under his own name. Mr Taylor had also never completed the required HTR1 assessment for competency with an approved training provider, which would have given him the skills to properly undertake the gas safety check and identify the obvious defects.

Lee Taylor of 55 Cromwell Street, Lincoln LN2 5LP, pleaded guilty of breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974. He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment (suspended for 24 months), 150 hours unpaid work and instructed to pay HSE costs of £750.

At the end of the hearing, Leigh Stanley HSE Inspector, said: “Lee Taylor undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do in a self-employed capacity. 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.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.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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