Sentence following illegal gas work
A gas engineer has been sentenced for undertaking gas work without being registered with Gas Safe Register.
Between November 2015 and April 2017, Neil Hawkins carried out unsafe gas work at a GP Practice and two domestic properties in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Mansfield, while not being registered with Gas Safe Register.
Registration with Gas Safe Register requires engineers to demonstrate that they hold the relevant competencies and qualifications for the work they intend to carry out, ensuring that gas work is carried out to an appropriate standard and the public are not put at risk of serious harm.
The HSE’s investigation found that Mr Hawkins had fraudulently issued Landlord Gas Safety Records for both properties, and a Gas Safety Inspection report for the GP practice using the details of a Gas Safe registered engineer unknown to him.
Neil Hawkins of Welbeck Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to one breach of Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (as amended), and one breach of Regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (as amended) at each property. He was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service and to pay costs of £4,345.04.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Aaron Rashad said: “Neil Hawkins 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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Gas Safety (Onshore): Employee Factsheet
Working with gas, or on something that could release gas or affect the ventilation of a gas appliance or ignite gas, is high risk. Risk assessment, control measures and the use of competent people is essential. It is an offence to work on a gas appliance or a gas fitting unless you are trained and competent to do so. Those working on gas equipment, other than industrial process plant, are required by law to be Gas Safe registered.