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Swindon builder taken to court after illegal gas work

11th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A self-employed Swindon builder has been fined after completing unsafe boiler work.

Raj Kumar Bagga was re-roofing a garage at a property on Ashbury Avenue when he removed the boiler’s gas flue and partially pushed it back, resulting in a gap of two centimetres.

Despite then being told that a registered engineer was needed, the worker pushed the flue back in, leading to an even larger hole.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: “Mr Bagga was not qualified to make adjustments to the boiler. A registered engineer would have disconnected the flue, isolated the boiler during the works, refitted it on completion and finally checked the boiler.”

Mr Whittles continued by saying that the work could have led to injury or a fatality, adding that fumes could have escaped into the living accommodation.

He warned that anyone working with gas needs to be registered as trained and be an existing member of the Gas Safe Register.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801597353-ADNFCR


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