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An unregistered “gas fitter” has been found guilty of illegally installing a gas boiler and undertaking landlord’s gas safety checks at a tenanted property. The boiler he installed was later found to be in a dangerous state.

Christian Winter, 35, who was trading as CJS Winter Plumbing & Heating Services of Ashburton, Devon had installed the gas boiler at a property on Park Road, Kingskerswell.

He then carried out a landlord’s gas safety check at the tenanted property, despite that fact he was not a registered gas engineer with the Gas Safe Register and had no competencies in gaswork.

In order to do this Winter had deceived the landlord of the property using a fictitious Gas Safe Register registration number on the landlord’s gas safety records that he produced.

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Winter’s illegal gaswork came to light when the boiler he had installed, and which he then passed as safe over the next three years, was inspected by a properly registered member of Gas Safe engineer.

Exeter Crown Court was told that a number of faults were found on the gas installation and the registered engineer classed the gaswork as dangerous.

Investigating the Health and safety Executive (HSE) found that Winter had used fraudulent Gas Safe registered details to deceive the landlord. When the landlord discovered the defects she challenged Christian Winter but he continued to lie to her by stating that he was a registered gas engineer.

Winter, of Westabrook, Ashburton, Devon pleaded guilty in court to breaching Regulation 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was given a suspended prison sentence of 12 months; ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid community work and to pay £3,327.80 costs.

HSE Inspector Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Only engineers registered with Gas Safe can legally carry out gas work and it is fortunate no-one was harmed as a result of Mr Winter’s illegal and dangerous gaswork.

“He compounded his illegal work by fraudulently using false Gas Safe Register details on his paperwork and then lied to a landlord when he was challenged about this in a clear attempt to deceive the landlord and tenant.

“The landlord relied on the honesty of Mr Winter but by deceiving her he put the lives of her tenants at risk for his own financial gain.”

For further information on domestic gas safety issues visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

For details on landlords’ responsibility for gas safety, see the HSE website here

Please Note: This Article is 4 years old. This increases the likelihood that some or all of it's content is now outdated.
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