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Director pays price for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered

The director of a company that installed gas appliances was caught out falsely claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register. How did he do this, and what were the consequences?

Andrew Stevens (AS) was a gas engineer and director of his company, Master Plumbing Contractors Limited. The Gas Safe logo was on the t-shirt he wore for work and also on his company van. Defects were found in the installation of a gas boiler, resulting in the work being reported to the Gas Safe Register.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that AS was not Gas Safe registered when he carried out work on at least two properties.

AS was found guilty of four offences under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He received four 18-month sentences, all suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 300 hours of community service and pay costs of £15,000.

In March last year, Cody Stevens (CS), also a director of the same company, was sentenced to twelve months in prison after he breached a prohibition notice that had been served whilst the HSE carried out its investigation. He had pleaded guilty to offences under the same Regulations and to breaching the prohibition notice.

Local trading standards also took enforcement action against AS, CS and their company in 2017 for using both the Gas Safe and Trustatrader logos when they were not entitled to do so.

The Gas Safe Register enables those hiring gas engineers to find out who is competent to carry out the work. It is a criminal offence to falsely claim to be on the Register, including displaying the logo without being registered, for which this director received a suspended sentence, community service order and heavy costs bill.

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