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Illegal gas fitter caught after putting two households at risk

17th June 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A builder has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after illegally carrying out gas work at two homes, putting residents at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Monwar Ali altered one of the boilers during a loft conversion on Norbury Avenue in Hyde, at which point he removed the device's flue pipe.

This meant fumes from the boiler were able to spill into the house, including deadly carbon monoxide. At another home, Mr Ali moved a boiler twice and performed repairs on it. A total of eight defects were found within it.

Mr Ali is not on the Gas Safe Register and is therefore not legally allowed to perform work on gas boilers. The Norbury Avenue boiler he had left without a flue pipe was classified as 'immediately dangerous' by a gas engineer, who spotted the warning signs of a carbon monoxide leak.

After pleading guilty to six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Mr Ali was given a community order requiring him to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. He also had to pay £2,000 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801728672-ADNFCR


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