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Examples of enforcement - Self-employed

Prosecution of a gas installer

A gas installer and his company was served with a Prohibition Notice, prohibiting him from installing gas appliances until they were approved by a recognised body i.e. CORGI, after it was discovered he and his company had carried out gas work whilst not being CORGI registered. Sometime after the Prohibition Notice HSE received two more complaints concerning the installer’s activities. The complaints concerned - the installer issuing “Landlord Gas Safety Record” certificates, with CORGI registration numbers under his name, whilst still not approved and the other identifying defects in a gas central heating boiler installation which were classed as “at risk” to safety.

Outcome:

The installer was successfully prosecuted for - not complying with the requirements of a Prohibition Notice; intentionally making false entries on “Landlord’s Gas safety Records”; that as a self-employed person carried out work on a gas fitting and service pipework whilst not being a member of a class of persons approved for the time being by the Health and Safety Executive i.e. Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) as well as 12 other offences relating to the charges.

The installer was sentenced to four months imprisonment for not complying with the Prohibition Notice. The case involved local TV coverage.

Updated 2009-02-06