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Unregistered gas engineer left Cheltenham householders in danger

08-02-2012

An illegal gas engineer lied to a householder about being registered to the industry body and left one property at risk of explosion after carrying out work at premises in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard Christopher Clark, 39, a self-employed gas engineer, commissioned a central heating system at a residential property in Upper Norwood Road at some time between 1 December 2010 and 28 February 2011.

During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, the court was told Mr Clark was not registered with Gas Safe Register, the official gas registration body as his registration had expired at the beginning of 2010, and therefore could not legally carry out the work.

After completing the work, Mr Clark said he would return with the necessary paperwork. However, when the resident noticed a gas leak and tried to call him to return and fix the leak and provide paperwork, he could not be contacted.

The householder then contacted Gas Safe Register, who visited the property to check the work. A leak was discovered at the boiler connection and the supply needed to be disconnected and a registered engineer carried out remedial work to fix the problem.

The HSE investigation, discovered Mr Clark had also carried out work for the same client (the owner of both properties) at another property in the town, on Fairfield Avenue, on 29 July 2010 while falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered.

Christopher Clark, of Withybridge Gardens, Boddington, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was fined £16,000 with £800 costs.

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