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Lancashire plumber punished for forging gas certificates

27th April 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

A Lancashire-based plumber who forged gas certificates has been hit with a £750 fine, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed.

The 39-year-old, who is employed by ACME Plumbing and Heating Services, posed as a member of a different company during work at homes in Burnley between March and May 2007.

In addition, Reedley Magistrates' Court heard that the man - who was arrested after missing two previous hearings - supplied counterfeit Landlords' Gas Safety Certificates.

The plumber was handed the fine after pleading guilty to three breaches of Section 33(1)(m) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

"[This man] put lives in danger by issuing fake Landlords' Gas Safety Certificates, despite not being qualified to know whether the gas fittings in the houses he visited were dangerous or not," said HSE principal inspector Dorothy Shaw.

"By producing the fake certificates, he was able to gain money from unsuspecting landlords and potentially risking poisoning homeowners with carbon monoxide."

Last week, metal processing firm All Metal Services was fined £12,500 and ordered to pay costs of £4,230 after one of its workers suffered broken bones in his foot when it was run over by a truck.

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