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    GAS FITTER JAILED OVER UNSAFE WORK

    Homeowners misled and put at risk by rogue gas fitter

    A self-employed gas fitter has been jailed for 12 months after he carried out unsafe gas work whilst falsely pretending to be Gas Safe registered.

    Sheffield Crown Court heard how he misled homeowners by illegitimately claiming to be registered between October 2013 and September 2014.

    Several defects were found on each gas installation examined including the use of inappropriate gas fittings and defective flue joints, all of which posed safety risks for the homeowners.

    Failed to heed warnings

    HSE investigators found that even after HSE enforcement action he continued to work and between April 2016 and July 2016 carrying out further gas work at 2 properties in South Yorkshire. Defects were subsequently found on the gas work after the homeowners complained to Gas Safe Register.

    • Marc Murrie – of Hatfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire pleaded guilty to a number of charges under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and one offence under Section 33(1)(g) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was sentenced to a 12 months prison term.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Jane Fox commented:

    “Mr Murrie undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do. Some of that work was unsafe and it was fortunate that no one was harmed.”

    All gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.

    The public should always ask to see the gas engineer’s identification and check the registration number here (www.gassaferegister.co.uk) or ring the Gas Safe Register customer helpline 0800 408 5500”.

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