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Unsafe gas work lands plumber in jail

A Cambridgeshire plumber has been sent to prison for 16 months for undertaking unsafe gas work.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Gareth Scott Redford carried out gas work at four properties in the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire areas. Concerns were raised in 2014 and the homeowners of each property separately made complaints to Gas Safe Register.

Following an investigation by the HSE and Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards (CCCTS), Mr Redford was found to have carried out the gas work at the properties when he was unregistered. The work he conducted at several properties was deemed unsafe, putting homeowners and residents at risk of harm.

Redford pleaded guilty to 14 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Fraud Act 2006, and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.

Commenting after the case HSE inspector Graeme Warden said: “Mr Redford put the homeowners and residents at risk of harm, when he conducted gas work while unregistered. Both CCCTS and HSE worked closely and collaboratively in the investigative stages of this case and throughout to get this result.”

Source - HSE
April 2017