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Wakefield landlord in court for flouting gas safety

04-06-2012

A Wakefield landlord has been fined after ignoring repeated warnings to have gas appliances at his rented property checked for safety.

Mohammed Hanif was contacted by both Wakefield Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) instructing him to employ a registered gas engineer to undertake safety tests at the Acme Terrace house in the city.

Mr Hanif failed to respond on numerous occasions and when HSE issued an Improvement Notice giving him a deadline to have the work done, he ignored that too.

Mohammed Fahim Hanif, of Brunswick Street, Wakefield, who denied the offences, was found guilty of contravening the Gas Safety Regulations and of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. He was fined a total of £450 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: "It is as clear a case of putting profit above a person’s safety I have had the misfortune to encounter."

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