A self-employed man has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work…


HSE A self-employed man was fined for carrying out gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

Paul Gregory, Manchester installed a boiler at a property in Oldham between July 8 and August 19 2014.

Manchester Crown Court, heard on September 22 2015 that Mr Gregory carried out this work illegally by undertaking gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.

A Prohibition Notice (PN) had been served on November 14 2011 following an investigation which prohibited him from undertaking any work on gas fittings until he is registered with Gas Safe Register. By carrying out the work in Manchester he also breached the prohibitions placed on him. Manchester Crown Court heard Gregory was prosecuted for the same offences in 2012.

Mr Gregory was given two nine month suspended sentences for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid community work, and a curfew requirement from seven pm to six am for four months, after pleading guilty to Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was also ordered to pay £1,800 in compensation to the homeowner and contribute £1,200 to prosecution costs.

HSE inspector, Lisa Bailey, who investigated the case, said: “Paul Gregory was well aware of the requirement to be Gas Safe registered, in fact he had been previously prosecuted by HSE for the same offences in 2012 and had been given a PN preventing him from carrying out gas work until he was registered with Gas Safe Register. By ignoring this he potentially put lives at risk.”

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