Garage punished after disobeying prohibition notice
A car mechanic firm from Staffordshire has been given a conditional discharge after disobeying orders from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
An inspector from the HSE visited Garage Bow Street on December 3rd 2009 and found that its Powrmatic gas heater was releasing dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.
The body issued the company with a prohibition notice to stop using the heater over concerns that both customers and nearby residents could be placed at risk.
However, when the inspector returned a month later, the heater was still being used, although a director claimed that it had only been on to help dry the workshop floor.
At a Stafford Magistrates' Court hearing, the company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
As it has now ceased trading it was handed a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
"This company showed a blatant disregard for the safety of others," commented HSE inspector Andrew Bowker.
"Around 20 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a poorly installed or maintained gas appliances and flues."
Earlier this month, Calor Gas was fined £27,500 and ordered to pay £27,185 in costs after a 163-tonne leak of liquefied petroleum gas at its Canvey Island terminal.
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