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Illegal gas work leads to potentially lethal scenario

16th January 2014 | Warning Signs

Paul Cresswell, of Willenhall, has been sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work after illegally installing two gas boilers and leaving them in a state where someone could have easily lost their life.

Mr Creswell was not registered with Gas Safe, and only managed to gain work by providing people with out-of-date registration documents.

At one of the properties he had carried out work, it was found that the wiring he had installed was capable of causing the pipes to become live, due to how poorly it had been fitted.

Another gas boiler he had performed work on was found to not be fixed to the flue correctly. This could easily have caused carbon monoxide to fill the property, which could easily have been fatal.

Luckily, one of the residents spotted the warning signs of an incident occurring and informed the Gas Safety Register, which organised a Health and Safety Executive inspection.

Mr Creswell pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3), 3(7), 26(1) and 27(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. In addition to the 80 hours of unpaid work, he was ordered to pay £1,270 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801682873-ADNFCR


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