A Walsall-based firm and its managing director have been hit with a fine after a court ruled that the company had carried out illegal gas work.
Kaysor Ahmed of Sylhet Welding UK carried out work himself at restaurants in the West Midlands despite not being Gas Safe registered. He also employed unregistered engineers to complete gas work.
"It is only a matter of luck that no-one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of the illegal gas work carried out by this company," said Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Graham Tompkins.
"HSE will not hesitate to prosecute those who work illegally and put the public at risk," he added.
In a hearing at Leicester Magistrates' Court last week, Mr Ahmed was banned from being a company director for two years, fined £6,600 and ordered to pay £2,028 in costs. Sylhet Welding UK was also fined £6,600 with costs of £1,118.