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Prison for illegal gas fitter

24th January 2014 | Warning Signs

Christopher James Chapman, a 63-year-old man from Darlington, has been prosecuted after he risked the lives of others by illegally performing gas installation work.

Mr Chapman was not registered to carry out the work, and had been warned by both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Gas Safe Register (GSR) not to do so after demonstrating in 2004 that he did not have the competence expected of a registered engineer.

He had carried out work at three homes. At one, he had installed a gas boiler and gas fireplace. The GSR immediately saw the warning signs of an accident and disconnected the boiler, classifying it as 'immediately dangerous'.

The fire was also disconnected, as it could cause harm in the future. Mr Chapman also performed multiple gas safety checks and installed devices in two other homes.

He was prosecuted by the HSE, and pleaded guilty to ten offences relating to the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.

Mr Chapman was sentenced to three months in prison, which was suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £1,000 costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801685931-ADNFCR


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