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PROSECUTION GAS SAFETY

Double glazing company prosecuted after putting customer at risk 

Supaglazing Ltd of Strood has been ordered to pay £9k in fines and prosecution costs after breaching the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998. The company exposed a mother and her child to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by making alterations to a domestic property which adversely affected the safety of a gas fitting. The company built a conservatory that enclosed the external flue of a gas boiler causing a build up of carbon monoxide within the property.

The HSE investigating Inspector said ” a 12 year old boy was hospitalised as a result of this incident. If his mother had not returned home later than usual that day she too may have been exposed to the build up of carbon monoxide and this could have resulted in a double fatality. It is essential that companies who carry out work on homes that affect existing gas fittings adhere to the guidance given, including the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and its approved code of practice, to stop incidents like this from happening again.”

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