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Engineer fined over boiler work



A self-employed heating engineer has been fined 3,000 for working on gas appliances without being Corgi registered. Philip Goodman, 62, of Stockton-on-Tees, pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. A self-employed heating engineer has been fined 3,000 for working on gas appliances without being Corgi registered.
Philip Goodman, 62, of Stockton-on-Tees, pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

He was fined 500 for each of the offences and ordered to pay 2,700 costs at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.

The HSE prosecuted Goodman following complaints about his work at four separate addresses in Nottingham and Chesterfield between September 2002 and July 2003.

At three of the four properties, gas appliances that he had worked on were found to be "immediately dangerous" or "at risk".

At one address, he used a fictitious Corgi registration number on the gas safety certificate paperwork where he had "certified" the boiler as safe for continued use.

A valid certificate was needed by the homeowner as she operates from the house as a registered childminder. The boiler was later found to be dangerous.

HSE inspector Kevin Wilson said: "Every year about 20 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of faulty gas fires, central heating boilers, cookers, and other appliances.

"The law requires that only trained, competent people work on gas appliances, and at the present time, the only qualification recognised by HSE is membership of Corgi. This prosecution clearly shows the penalties faced by people who work on gas appliances in the absence of a CORGI registration.

"Mr Goodman was previously summonsed to answer the charges in 2005, but he failed to appear and has evaded justice for over two years. These were serious offences following which numbers of people were put at serious risk. Mr Goodman had been previously warned not to carry out work on gas appliances unless he was registered with Corgi. He failed to heed this warning and has now been brought before the court to answer the charges against him."

Sent: 06/09/2007


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