Tag for Rochdale man who carried out illegal gas work

Post by George Dixon on 15th April 2013 in Appliance safety

Tag for Rochdale man who carried out illegal gas work

A man from Rochdale who fitted a gas boiler in a property in the town was not legally allowed to carry out the work, a court has heard.

Malcolm Riley charged a homeowner £1,700 to fit a boiler and forged documents to suggest he was approved by the Gas Safe Register.

Trafford Magistrates' Court heard that the homeowner became concerned after their appliance began making strange noises. They contacted Riley who identified a number of issues. To prove his credentials he provided details of a registered gas engineer who'd carried out work at his own home, in order to give the impression that he himself was approved to do gas work.

Riley, of Albert Royds Street in Rochdale pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and handed a tagging order forcing him to remain at home between 9pm and 7am every day for three months.  

HSE Inspector David Norton said: "Gas work has the potential to cost lives if it is not carried out properly. That’s why it’s a legal requirement for gas fitters to be members of the Gas Safe Register.

"Mr Riley used fake documents to give the impression he was qualified to fit the boiler but in fact it was only luck that no one was harmed as a result of his work."

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