Bolsover plumber handed suspended sentence for unsafe work

Scales of justice
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A Bolsover plumber has appeared in court for carrying out gas work without being registered and for failing to notice faults on an unsafe boiler.

Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court was told that between December 2012 and February 2014, Christopher Buck carried out gas work at a number of properties without being registered with Gas Safe, as the law requires.

It was a deliberate breach because he knew of the need to be formally accredited after previously allowing an earlier registration to lapse.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that Mr Buck, of Mansfield Road, Hillstown, had serviced a boiler at a house but failed to carry out all the necessary safety checks.

He did not spot that pipe work was not properly sealed, which meant the boiler was unsafe and posed a potential risk to those living there.

He admitted breaching gas safety regulations 1998.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for both breaches, to run concurrently. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and to pay costs of £748.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Walker said: “Mr Buck knew there was a requirement to be registered and that he should not have been carrying out the work, so there was a deliberate 

“Not only was he not registered but he did not take due diligence when it came to carrying out the safety checks as part of the boiler service.

“Subsequently, he was leaving the people in the property at risk.”