Gas engineer fined over unlawful work
A gas engineer from Colchester has been hit with a fine after admitting carry out illegal gas work later found to be potentially dangerous.
Derek Ringe serviced a boiler at a Colchester home on two occasions in July 2013 and the same month of the following year. While Mr Ringe had long worked as a gas engineer, he cancelled his Gas Safe registration - a legal requirement - in October 2012.
After the work was undertaken, the home's owner called Gas Safe Register to report that Mr Ringe was not listed. The boiler was then checked and declared 'at risk', while another engineer declared it 'immediately dangerous' as the flue was not connected to the boiler.
"Gas Safe Registered engineers are subject to checks and assessments to ensure their work is carried out safely," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Jessica Donne. "By deliberately choosing to work while unregistered, Mr Ringe avoided these checks and may have put the lives of members of the public in their homes at risk."
Mr Ringe pleaded guilty to breaching gas safety regulations and was ordered to pay a fine of £2,000, along with a further £1,196 in costs.