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South Devon property expert suspended after forging Gas Safe details

23rd September 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The man behind a property maintenance business in South Devon has been handed a suspended sentence after forging details of a Gas Safe membership.

Adrian Hunt, aged 42, carried out annual safety checks on rented properties in Dawlish on behalf of landlords despite not being on the Gas Safe register.

Mr Hunt was found guilty of breaching regulations 3(3), 3(7) and 26(9)(b), of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, resulting in a 120-day prison sentence, along with an 18-month suspension.

HSE inspector Simon Jones, said: "Annual landlord gas safety checks are important because of the dangers from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire and explosion from faulty or poorly maintained gas appliances, which a reliable landlord gas safety check will highlight."

Mr Jones insisted that landlords should be able to rely on the honesty of those undertaking safety checks.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801640663-ADNFCR


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