Posted 2nd Aug 2018

Gas fitter jailed after carrying out unsafe gas work

By KBBDaily on 2nd August 2018 - 10:13am
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A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he was found to be carrying out unsafe gas work “while falsely pretending to be Gas Safe Registered”, according to the Health and Safety Executive – HSE.

HSE inspectors carried out investigations at seven different locations where the Gas Safe Register had been alerted to unsafe work, Nottingham Crown Court heard, resulting in Richard Trezise being prosecuted.

According to HSE, Trezise “had produced Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificates and falsely claimed to be Gas Safe Registered by using the registration number of another business who had never heard of him”. HSE added: “He left customers with faulty installations that presented risks of gas leaks and dangerous accumulations of the products of combustion.”

The HSE investigation found that between May 2015 and July 2016, Trezise carried out work “whilst unregistered and falsely pretending to be Gas Safe Registered” at seven different locations in Nottinghamshire, Mid Glamorgan, Gwent and Yorkshire.

Trezise had previously pleaded guilty to 21 offences under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 in Nottingham Magistrates Court, and was subsequently sentenced to a 16-month prison sentence and concurrent 28-day sentence for not attending the Nottingham Crown Court hearing.

Judge Burgess stated: “You intentionally breached the law. You used false certificates of registration. You defied an existing prohibition notice. And all of this was for financial gain. It almost goes without saying that faulty gas installations can lead to gas leaks, explosion and death. This is the reason that the regulations exist and why a breach of them is likely to be regarded as extremely serious.”

Commenting on the case, British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation – BiKBBI – CEO Damian Walters told “The gas regulations are clear and there can be no defence or excuse – especially in this case, where a clear offence has been committed. We welcome strong penalties against those who both flout the law and endanger the lives of families.”

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