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    UNREGISTERED GAS FITTER PROSECUTED

    Defective fire fitted despite previous warning of need for registration

    Michael Huggins of Bristol  has been prosecuted after he carried out gas installation work at a domestic property in 2008.

    He potentially put lives at risk by fitting a replacement gas fire in a domestic property. Huggins had previously agreed with HSE not to carry out gas work unless he was registered with the recognised safety body. He was fined a total of £800 with £200 costs.

    HSE inspector Nigel Long said:

    “Carrying out work on gas installations without being a member of the registration body, which is now the Gas Safe Register, is dangerous and illegal. The law is there to ensure work is carried out safely to minimise any risk of death or serious injury resulting from gas leaks or explosions.

    “Members of the public should check that gas fitters are members of the Gas Safe Register before any work is started. Do not be tempted to use unregistered engineers or friends – you could be putting your live at risk.”

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