Unregistered installer sentenced after carrying out illegal gas work

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A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced after carrying out gas work despite being no longer legally allowed to do so.

Swansea Magistrates Court heard how, between July 2014 and December 2015, Lee Mellor worked on a domestic gas installation without being on the Gas Safe Register.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that Lee Mellor issued a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate in December 2015 and carried out this work despite being warned by HSE in March 2014 not to.

Lee Mellor of Derwen Fawr, Neath, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and has been fined £1,600 and ordered to pay costs of £530.20.

Speaking after the hearing. HSE inspector Simon Breen said: “Lee Mellor undertook gas work which he knew he was legally unable to do.

“All gas work must be carried out by Gas Safe Registered engineers only to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”

Further information about gas safety can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/