Father and son prosecuted over gas work

Post by George Dixon on 21st February 2013 in Appliance safety

Father and son prosecuted over gas work

A father and son from Cheshire have prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work which later turned out to be a health hazard.

Peter and Shane Cavanagh, of Crewe, helped to install central heating at a flat in Market Drayton between October 2011 and February 2012. Shane Cavanagh issued a Landlord's Gas Safety record once work was completed, but the tenant subsequently discovered a gas leak.

When Peter Cavanagh's gas registration lapsed several years ago, he had intended to cease doing gas work and leave his son to handle that side of their business. However, Shane Cavanagh's registration expired in March 2011, while his father continued to do gas work.

In a hearing at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court this week, Peter Cavanagh was sentenced to an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do community work as well as pay costs. Shane Cavanagh received an 18-month community order.

Last month, a gas fitter from south Wales was handed a suspended prison sentence for carrying out unsafe work at two shops.

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