A plumber from Luton has been fined for carrying out unauthorised gas work, despite having been warned previously by inspectors.
Tara Rayat, 52, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,187 by Luton Magistrates’ Court earlier this week. Despite being self-employed, he continued to use the identity of a separate company he had worked for in order to perform work on gas appliances.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) probe in March 2010 found Mr Rayat had been performing gas work under a false registration and was instructed to join the Gas Safe Register. However, a subsequent investigation following a complaint in February 2011 revealed he was still acting as a gas fitter despite not being accredited.
“Mr Rayat had been a registered engineer a number of years ago so was well aware of his legal requirements in order to carry out work on gas appliances. He was foolish not to act on the notices that were served to him,” said HSE inspector Stephen Manley.
Earlier this month, a landlord from Tenby was fined by magistrates in Haverfordwest, after being found to have endangered a tenant’s safety by failing to ensure a gas fire was properly maintained.