A man has been jailed for 18 months for carrying out illegal gas work on three occasions.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard Neil McKimm, trading as Macs Plumbing Services, carried out gas work including servicing boilers. Mr McKimm used the alias of a legitimate gas engineer, Robert Welsh, to deceive his customers.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr McKimm repeatedly falsely pretended to be a legitimate Gas Safe engineer and falsely signed official records in the name of a legitimate gas engineer.
Mr McKimm was found guilty of breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
HSE inspector, Paul Wilson, said: “Gas work must be carried out by properly registered Gas Safe engineers, and HSE will robustly pursue those that break the law.”