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    Small builder handed prison sentence and community service

    A builder has been given a 32 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and 250 hours community service after he put a home owner at risk following renovations to their house in Cardiff.

    Cardiff Crown Court heard that builder Brian James was engaged to carry out renovations to a bungalow in Cardiff specifically to install new plumbing and heating, including a gas boiler.

    Brian James employed a workman, who he had never met before, to carry out the work and did not check the workman was sufficiently competent, qualified or a Gas Safe registered engineer. He obtained his details from a board at a DIY store.

    A thermostat was not fitted to the boiler nor was it commissioned by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    Proper checks required

    Brian James, Llandudno Road, Rumney, Cardiff pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

    He was sentenced to 32 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, 250 hours community service, fined £636 and ordered to pay costs of £5,344.29.

    HSE inspector Simon Breen said:

    “It is essential for public safety that gas appliances are only fitted competent, qualified and registered engineers.

    Anyone who is carrying out renovations to properties need to make sure they properly check anyone they bring in to carry out gas work so people’s lives are not put at risk.”


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