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Dumfries and Galloway care home provider fined for dangerous gas work

31st May 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A care home provider in Dumfries and Galloway has been fined after allowing two unqualified handymen to illegally install gas boilers at the Sanquhar premises.

The gas work carried out by Harveys Healthcare, which was described as “shoddy and dangerous”, resulted in the emergency evacuation of a number of Queensbury Care Home residents and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The business was fined £55,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 4 of the Gas Safety (installation and use) regulations 1998 and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974.

HSE principal inspector Jim Young said: “Care homes house very vulnerable people and the failure by Harveys Healthcare Ltd to ensure that people employed by them were suitably qualified and registered to carry out work with gas systems is particularly worrying.”

Mr Young went on to say that the work carried out was “extremely shoddy” and led to a “potentially fatal situation”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801592727-ADNFCR


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