Trading Standards

Illegal worker planned to get gas engineer to sign off his work

An illegal gas worker from Essex has been ordered to work in the community without pay after he left a gas installation in a dangerous condition.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that in July 2015, Gary Miller, from Ongar, disconnected and removed a boiler from a home in Brentwood, and fitted a replacement plus associated pipework.

The HSE had previously issued Mr Miller with a Prohibition Notice for unregistered gas work in 2013, but he had not since become Gas Safe registered.

The gas work carried out by Mr Miller in 2015 was inspected by a Gas Safe Register inspector who found it to be At Risk. Mr Miller had intended for a registered engineer to sign off the work after he had installed the gas appliance, said the HSE.

Gary Miller, of Fairfield Road, Ongar, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was given a 12-month community order to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Adam Hills said: “Gary Miller undertook gas work when he knew he was not registered to do so.”

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