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Two men fined for dangerous gas work

15th April 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Safety signs are vital in workplaces to prevent accidents, and failure to implement proper safety procedures can result in hefty fines, like that handed out to a gas fitter and his employer recently.

Holyhead Magistrates' Court heard that a gas fitter and his employer had been working in a web of unsafe practices, which were putting people's lives at risk.

The workers were found to be making basic errors when installing gas pipes and other pipe work, and were not registered with the Gas Safe Register scheme.

Their faulty work, which saw one flue terminal installed upside down and coins used to seal gas pipes, led to two gas leaks at separate homes, potentially endangering lives.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, Dave Wynne, said: "Both Mr Hughes, as the employer, and Mr Owen, as his gas operative, have shown a blatant disregard for the law, codes of practice and standards regulating the domestic gas safety market.

"Some of the errors made by Mr Owen in installing these appliances were rudimentary and clearly demonstrated a lack of competence in even the most basic of work. They were also very serious and put people's lives at risk."

Hughes was fined £2,625 with costs of £7,500, and Mr Owen was fined £900 for nine breaches.

Gas Safe Register is the official registration scheme for gas engineers in the UK, and aims to protect 21 million gas consumers from dangerous gas work. ADNFCR-2754-ID-800501374-ADNFCR


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