Suspended prison sentence for man who pretended to be Gas Safe Registered

Published:  16 August, 2016

A self-employed worker from Edmonton has received two suspended jail terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered.

Brian Winters signed Gas Safety certificates for a number of properties in London, despite not being registered, heard the Old Bailey on 15 August. This was only discovered after a gas leak was reported at one of the rented properties.

Mr Winters, 35, of South Road, Edmonton, was found guilty of four charges of regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safe Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and was given both an 18 month suspended sentence for two years and a 12 month suspended sentence for two years. He was also given two community orders.

Health & Safety Executive inspector Monica Babb said : “Gas Safe registered engineers are regulated and have to ensure they can prove they are competent. This safeguard is removed when people choose not to register, putting people at risk in their homes.

“It is important that anybody who has gas work carried out checks their engineer is carrying a valid gas safe registered identification card. They should also check online or call Gas Safe Register to confirm they are competent to carry out the work ”

For further information on Gas Safety visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk.