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Fitter breached Prohibition Notice and continued with sub-standard work

A Dorset gas engineer has been given a three-year community supervision order for carrying out gas work illegally, breaching a Prohibition Notice, and using expired Gas Safe Register credentials.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Dean Coslett, trading as Dorset Boiler Company, fitted gas boilers in a number of properties in Dorset between December 2017 and April 2019 while he was not registered. Mr Coslett did not fit the boilers in line with the manufacturers’ instructions and left flues incorrectly fitted and unsupported. He also used his expired Gas Safe registration details on paperwork, says HSE.

In September 2018, HSE served Dean Coslett with a Prohibition Notice, prohibiting him from undertaking gas work while he was not registered. However, he breached the Prohibition Notice and continued to work on gas.

Dean Coslett of Sevenoaks Drive, Bournemouth, had been registered previously in his own right and as an engineer for a registered business.

Mr Coslett pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. He was sentenced to a three-year community supervision order, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of offender rehabilitation work. He was also ordered to pay £900 compensation to a number of homeowners for the sub-standard work he undertook at their homes.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “Dean Coslett undertook gas work, which he knew he was not registered to do and flagrantly breached an order prohibiting him from undertaking gas work whilst he was not registered.”

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