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Unregistered Plumber Handed Suspended Sentence!

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The crack down on unregistered tradesmen carrying out work they're not legally able to do continues to grow as the latest to get caught is an Essex based Plumber who clearly hadn't undergone any Gas Training, let a lone be registered with Gas Safe...

The Plumber had been working on a gas cooker and boiler back in September 2016 and has just been handed a suspended prison sentence for the work he carried out on a home in the same county.

What made matters worse for the Plumber was the fact he had already been given what's a called a Prohibiton Notice (PN) earlier in the same year for undergoing gas work and not being Gas Safe Registered.

Showing clear disregard for the law and the safety of others which ultimately lead to his punishment below, the Essex Plumber thought he would get away with removing a kitchen gas cooker and pipework!

The Plumber Pleaded Guilty To The Following:

The Tradesmen pleaded guilty to breaching the Prohibition Notice and Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and was found guilty in a Newton hearing of breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

He has now been handed an 18-month suspended sentence, and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £3,200 in costs.

Here's What HSE Inspector Saffron Turnell Had To Say:

“Mr Goodchild showed a clear disregard for the law and put a number of people’s lives at risk. Carrying out gas work is difficult, specialised and potentially very dangerous. It is therefore vital that only registered gas engineers, who are trained and competent, work on gas appliances and fittings.”

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Following on from what Ms Turnell had to say, stating that it's vital only gas safe registered engineers undergo relevant work is something we inform our students of on day 1. Gas safety is not to be taken lightly and if you've read our other industry news pages then you know just how many cowboys out there are putting public lives at risk.

We are the experts when it comes to gas safety and if you've ever got any questions about this or our Gas Courses, one of our dedicated gas instructors will be more than happy  to help!

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