April 5, 2019

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Illegal gas work leads to fine

A gas fitter has been fined after carrying out gas work whilst no longer being Gas Safe registered.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court was told how Kevin Shephard undertook  work on gas fittings and issued Landlord Gas Safety Certificates over a period from April 2016 to July 2017 at various domestic properties. Shephard was also the landlord of one of the properties however he did not hold the necessary registration to complete this work.

The HSE’s investigation found that Shephard had previously been registered with Gas Safe during several periods between 27 November 2013 and 15 June 2016. The registration had lapsed on 15 June 2016 coinciding with the expiry of his gas competence qualifications. Multiple correspondence was sent to Shephard by the Gas Safe Register regarding the expiry of his registration. The registration was not renewed resulting in him illegally carrying out the gas work.

Mr Kevin Shephard of Edinburgh Drive, Huyton, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3), 36(3)a and 36(3)c of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was fined £2,000 and with costs of £2,000.

HSE Inspector Jane Carroll said after the hearing: “Kevin Shephard undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do. All gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”

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