Cornwall plumber fined over gas safety failings
A plumber from Cornwall has been prosecuted for the second time in four months for carrying out illegal gas work.
Matthew Congdon, aged 33 and from Bude, was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months in a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Friday. He had previously been fined £5,000 at the same court in December.
Two days prior to pleading guilty last December, Mr Congdon again installed a gas boiler at a Bude property in breach of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prohibition notice. It was later found that the boiler had not been fitted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
"Mr Congdon showed utter contempt for public safety when he continued to undertake gas work when he knew he should not," said HSE inspector Simon Jones. "Previous gas work by Mr Congdon had been found to be substandard and posed a danger to the public."