The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that anyone illegally carrying out work on gas boilers or hobs could be fined thousands of pounds.
Magistrates recently ordered a self-employed plumber to pay nearly £3,000 in fines and court costs after it was found that Colin Leslie Harvey – who trades as Harvey’s Heating or Harvey’s of Harpenden – was not registered to carry out work on gas fittings.
When looking at the work carried out by Mr Harvey, leaks and other problems were found.
The installations were established to be “at risk” and required immediate remedial action – highlighting the importance for homeowners to only use registered and recommended tradespeople in the interest of safety.
HSE inspector Nigel Fitzhugh says that it is illegal for an unregistered person to carry out work on a gas appliance.
“When unqualified workers try to bypass the law in this way they are not only putting themselves at risk of prosecution and a large fine, they are also putting their customer’s lives at risk,” he says.