An unregistered plumber has escaped jail despite carrying out gas work on over 1,000 addresses in North London over a two-year period without being Gas Safe Registered (GSR).
Whirlpool UK Appliances has also been fined after allowing the contractor to carry out work on the gas appliances on its behalf.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Errol Dillon had previously been registered but had left the company. When he re-joined Whirlpool he was unregistered and continued to work on appliances.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) alongside Gas Safe Register (GSR) found Mr Dillon had provided Whirlpool with false GSR registration number, and Whirlpool failed to check Mr Dillon’s credentials with GSR.
Errol Dillon, of Woodford Green, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced at an earlier hearing to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 50 hours unpaid work requirement and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.
Whirlpool UK Appliances, of Peterborough, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, was fined £ £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 9,300.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector James Caren said: “Whirlpool failed to check the Gas Safe Register credentials of Mr Dillon and as a result allowed him to conduct unregistered work on more than 1,000 homes across London.
“Mr Dillon should have taken into account that being Gas Safe Registered is not an option when carrying out gas work; it is mandatory.”