An unregistered gas fitter from Lancashire has been handed a two-year prison sentence after being convicted of carrying out potentially unsafe installation work.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Stephen Jonathan, from Accrington, had falsely claimed he was Corgi-registered when he installed a new boiler in October 2010. The appliance was soon found to be faulty and was subsequently declared “immediately dangerous” and disconnected from the gas supply after being inspected by a qualified engineer.
“Mr Jonathan has displayed an appalling disregard for the lives of other people, and a total contempt for the law,” said Health and Safety Executive investigating inspector Stuart Kitchingman. “His actions caused a considerable amount of cost and distress to his customers, and it was only luck that no one was seriously harmed.”
Gas Safe Register chief executive Paul Johnston described the successful prosecution of Mr Jonathan as “welcome news”, but warned that rogue traders carry out an estimated 250,000 unauthorised jobs across the UK every year.
Earlier in the month, self-employed Lambeth gas fitter Janusz Mazur was fined by magistrates after misleading a customer into believing he was a registered professional.