Plumber fined over illegal gas work
A plumber from Cornwall has been hit with a fine after being convicted for carrying out illegal gas work which posed a potential health hazard.
In a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court earlier this month, 33-year-old Michael Congdon of Bude was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £518 after pleading guilty to breaching the relevant regulations.
Mr Congdon installed at least two boilers and a gas fire after his Gas Safe registration expired in May 2013. Despite this, he continued to use the Gas Safe logo and name on his work vehicle as well as in his newspaper and online advertisements.
"Matthew Congdon clearly put profit before safety and he deliberately deceived people, leading them to believe that he was registered and competent to undertake gas work, when in fact he wasn’t qualified," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Simon Jones.
"Mr Congdon risked the lives of homeowners and tenants and the reputation of the managing agent who trusted him," he added.