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GAS FITTER FINE FOR PUTTING LIVES AT RISK

High levels of carbon monoxide costs fitter over £50,000

Chris Bradshaw of Tywyn, Wales has been fined a total fine of £38,000 and ordered to pay prosecutiion costs of £15,711 after working in non-compliance with a prohibition notice and committing multiple breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1988.

The prosection followed a complaint HSE received about the work Mr Bradshaw trading as Chris Bradshaw Heating and Plumbing. 

The court heard that in April 2007, Mr Bradshaw had installed a combination boiler and gas hob which were not properly converted from natural gas to LPG propane and when in use produced very high levels of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO).

Both installations presented “numerous risks and were not to current safety standards”. Mr Bradshaw was only registered with the former trade regulator CORGI to work on natural gas, not LPG Propane.

Defendant showed “blatent disregard for the law” 

HSE Inspector, Gary Martin, said: “Mr Bradshaw has shown a blatant disregard for the law, codes of practice and standards regulating the domestic gas safety market. Fitters who try to work beyond their assessed competence are not only breaking the law but could also cost lives.

“His work has given rise to a number of immediately dangerous situations and his incompetent work has had the potential to endanger householders, including children, from the risk of fire or explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.”

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