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    JAILED ILLEGAL GAS FITTER CREATED TRAIL OF RISK

    Reckless breach of law’ in working on boilers and other appliances

    Steven Carter of Rotherham has been sent to prison after carrying out gas appliance work at more than 85 homes which left families at risk between 1 April 2010 and 18 March 2011.

    HSE and Gas Safe Register investigators found a series of defects had been left by Mr Carter when carrying out work on gas boilers, fires and cookers including some identified as ‘immediately dangerous‘. Carter failed to renew his registration with Gas Safe which expired on 30 March 2010.

    In sentencing (17 April) Doncaster District Judge Jonathan Bennett told Mr Carter:

    “This was a reckless breach of the law… It is by good fortune that there has not been any serious injury or ill health as a result of the offences. However, there has been the potential for serious harm to the tenants in the houses where you worked.

    You were an experienced gas fitter working without registration for 11 months on numerous properties. In two houses the work was dangerous and people were at risk. Considerable steps have had to be taken to remedy your work.”

    Steven Carter pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and was jailed for a total of 16 weeks.

    Knew full well work was illegal

    One of the defective installations

    After the hearing HSE Inspector Mark Welsh said:

    “Mr Carter carried out work that he knew full well to be Illegal. He is now in prison, which reflects the seriousness of his offences. I hope this sends a strong message to illegal gas fitters that HSE will take enforcement action in such cases. Mr Carter left appliances in a dangerous state, putting lives at risk, and much of his other work was well below acceptable standards.

    Russell Kramer, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said:

    “Every Gas Safe registered engineer carries an ID card which shows who they are and the kind of work they are competent to carry out. Qualifications and registration need to be renewed on a regular basis so always check the ID card for expiry dates or check with us by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk

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