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    BUILDER EXPOSED RESIDENTS TO POISONING HAZARD

    Prison term for builder who put three at risk from carbon monoxide

    Colchester Magistrates heard how the defendant, Daniel Cox, was contracted to build a single storey extension to the rear of a house in Corringham in June 2017.

    When Mr Cox was assessing the work he was told by the domestic client that the boiler flue exited the rear of the property where the extension was to be built.

    Mr Cox advised the client that he would arrange for a plumber to move the flue so that it exited the side of the property.

    CO Alarm alerted resident

    HSE investigators  found a failure to ensure the gas boiler flue was moved to a safe place before this extension was built. The gas flue therefore released products of combustion into the finished extension. The homeowner was alerted to by a carbon monoxide alarm.

    • Daniel Cox – director of DEC Roofing & General Building Ltd from Corringham, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 24 months, 30 days rehabilitation and 150 hours of community unpaid work. Mr Cox will also be paying £3,000 in costs to be paid over the next six months.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jessica Churchyard said:

    “Mr Cox showed a clear disregard for the law and put his customers’ lives at risk, by not arranging for a competent person to move the gas flue to a safe place before the extension was completed.

    This offence was carried out with consent and connivance, and was clearly attributable to Daniel Cox, as the director of DEC Roofing & General Building Ltd and the person who undertook the work. Daniel Cox’s poor workmanship could easily have caused the homeowner and her family to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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