Bogus gas fitter given community service

Grant Prior 14 years ago
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An unregistered gas fitter who illegally carried out work on properties across Nottingham with falsely issued gas safety certificates has been given a 12-month community service order and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Paul Anthony Bailey,54, of Bridgnorth Drive, Nottingham, who traded as P A Bailey Plumbing and Heating. He pleaded guilty to breaching three sections of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to pay costs of £750.

The court heard that Bailey falsely claimed to be CORGI (Council of Registered Gas Installers) registered, when he carried out gas fitting work between 1 October 2008 and 31 January 2009 at premises on Broadfield in Calverton, and Radford Road in New Basford.

In addition, Mr Bailey issued gas safety certificates, using a false CORGI number, to premises on Radford Road in New Basford, Leander Close in Wilford and Long Hill Rise in Hucknall.

He also installed a gas boiler in industrial premises on Radford Road in New Basford, without the competence to do so.

Two complaints were received about Bailey’s work. One following an industrial job where he incorrectly installed a boiler in a garage, putting workers at risk, and the other related to the installation of a new boiler for a domestic heating system.

HSE Inspector David Butter said: “Mr Bailey was not qualified to carry out this work on both private and commercial properties and by doing so put other workers at risk. While he had completed training at night school and was qualified, he had not registered with CORGI.

“In order to work legally in the UK, gas installers must be registered with the appropriate approved body. It is essential that homes and businesses check this before having work carried out to ensure the job is completed to a high standard and most of all, is safe.”

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