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Swindon parish councillor fined after illegal boiler work

9th January 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

An unregistered gas fitter in Swindon has appeared in court after carrying out unsafe work on a boiler, leaving one resident at risk

Michael Compton, a parish councillor from Blunsdon, illegally removed a gas boiler and installed a new one at a property at Exmouth Street between March 19th and April 30th, despite not being registered with the Gas Safe Register.

HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: "Mr Compton's dangerous boiler work could have led to injury or even a fatality. He chose to disregard the previous caution, ignored his commitment not to take on further illegal gas work and then expected a colleague to sign-off his shoddy work."

Mr Whittles warned that anyone working with gas has to be registered as trained and competent, by law, to carry out such work.

Mr Compton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,840 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801519064-ADNFCR


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