Gas fitter punished for string of offences
A gas fitter from Tywyn has been hit with a five-figure fine after being found guilty of carrying out work illegally.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) received a complaint from the owners of a home where Chris Bradshaw, trading as Chris Bradshaw Heating and Plumbing, had been operating.
An investigation revealed that he installed a combination boiler and gas hob in April 2007 which were not properly converted from natural gas to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) propane.
He was then suspended from the CORGI register after a similarly dangerous natural gas fire and boiler installation in November 2007.
Twelve months later, more faulty work - this time reconnecting internal and external LPG propane pipe work to an existing gas fire - saw him removed from the CORGI register altogether.
At Pwllheli Magistrates' Court, Mr Bradshaw pleaded guilty to breaching Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to comply with a prohibition notice and was fined £10,000.
In addition, he admitted 14 breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1988 and was fined £2,000 for each charge, while also being told to pay costs of £15,711.
"Mr Bradshaw has shown a blatant disregard for the law, codes of practice and standards regulating the domestic gas safety market," said HSE inspector Gary Martin.
"Fitters who try to work beyond their assessed competence are not only breaking the law but could also cost lives."
Posted by Jason Nicholls
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