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Rochdale gas fitter fined by HSE

16th April 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Rochdale gas fitter has been fined after tricking a married couple into believing he had the qualifications required to fit a new gas boiler.

Malcolm Riley was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after charging the owners of an Ings Lane house £1,700 to fit a boiler in May last year, even though he did not have the credentials to do so.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David Norton said: "Malcolm Riley knew the gas fittings at his home were safe as they had been checked by a registered engineer, but he put the lives of a married couple at risk by illegally fitting a boiler at their home."

Mr Norton noted that gas work can "cost lives" if it is not carried out properly, reminding specialists that it is a legal requirement for installers to be members of the Gas Safe Register.

The Gas Safe Register recently warned homeowners to be careful when carrying out improvement work on a property, as such work could put people's lives in danger.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801571979-ADNFCR


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