Gas fitter given community service

Post by Kevin Jackson on 31st May 2012 in Appliance safety

Gas fitter given community service

A gas fitter from West Yorkshire has been ordered to carry out community work after pleading guilty to breaching safety legislation by carrying out illegal work. 

In a hearing at Leeds Crown Court, Brian Lloyd - from Ossett, near Wakefield - was issued with a 250-hour community service order and told to pay costs of £500 after admitting to two breaches of gas safety regulation and also of breaching a prohibition notice. 

In February 2010, Mr Lloyd was fined and handed a 17-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after being exposed by BBC TV series Rogue Traders. However, he went on to carry out more gas work six months later despite being explicitly prohibited from doing so. 

“Consumers should always check that an engineer is qualified to carry out gas work. Ask to see an up to date ID card and call us to check if you have any doubt,” said Gas Safe Register chief executive Paul Johnston. “It is also important to check the back of the card to ensure that they are qualified to work on that type of appliance.” 

Earlier in the week, an engineer from Somerset was also given a community work order after installing a boiler and flue whilst unregistered.

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