• Rachel’s story warns about the dangers of illegal gas works

    Rachel Broad and Ian Fellows employed an unregistered gas fitter, for the removal of a boiler from a downstairs toilet,

    and the installation of the new gas boiler in an upstairs children’s bedroom/playroom.

    They also had the installation of a dual fuel cooker in the kitchen as part

    of building work involving the extension of the property. These appliances also involved the

    installation of gas pipework. Lee Lawrence from Amber

    Plumbing Solutions was using the Gas Safe Register logo on its website and

    business cards falsely claiming to be registered.

    What they didn’t know was they were working as illegal gas works and were breaking the law.

    Once installed, the boiler and the cooker started leaking.

    With the boiler not running for long for a long period before shutting down, and

    being smelly and noisy, Rachel and Ian stopped using it and were made to install

    ventilation into the room due to the smell.

    A gas safe registered engineer was then called to make the property safe and provide a statement

    of the illegal gas works that had been carried out.

    It was found that the flue to the gas boiler was unsafely connected;

    the gas connection to the fuel cooker was also poor,

    with faulty connections all over the appliances.

    The gas safe registered engineer classified the gas work in accordance with the Gas Industry Unsafe situations procedure as ‘immediately dangerous’.

    The boiler and cooker were condemned, resulting in electrics being left undone, with very little electricity throughout the downstairs of the house. The estimated total cost of the building work including the gas work is £50,000 to £60,000.

    The homeowners who were looking to sell the house are no longer able to do so. The unregistered gas safe fitter has since been charged with a 6-month prison sentence, 12-month suspension, 180 hours of community service, £5,400 compensation, and £2,385.

    If you’re carrying out home improvement, no matter how big or small, find out if it will involve gas work or impact on your existing gas appliances. carrying out illegal gas works is dangerous and can be life-threatening. Rachel and Ian are very lucky that they can still tell the story of what has happened.

    • Stay safe when sub-contracting home improvements.
    • Dangerous gas work can be deadly
    • Illegal Gas Works  is against the law
    • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer.

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