Cowboy gas fitters could cost your life
Prosecution for faulty work leads to warning
HOUSEHOLDERS are being told to watch out for gas installers who are operating without being registered.
The Health and Safety Executive issued the warning following a number of cases in the Ashford area where workmen have carried out work on gas appliances or fittings without being registered with CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers).
Westley Maplesden, of St Leonards on Sea, was prosecuted for installing a faulty boiler at the Sugarloaf Animal Sanctuary in Ruckinge.
Owner, Janet Buckley got carbon monoxide poisoning and needed hospital treatment as a result. Maplesden had left the gas installation with numerous faults and was not CORGI registered to work on LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) said the Health and Safety Executive. He was fined £4,000 when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on April 27.
HM Health and Safety inspector, David Fussell, said: “Every year about 30 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained.”
He urged people to check that gas fitters have a CORGI photo ID card which should include a registration number, trading title and expiry date. The reverse of the card details what kind of gas work the installer is able to do,” he added.
CO is particularly deadly as it cannot be tasted or smelt and can kill without warning in a matter of hours.
Symptoms can include tiredness, drowsiness, headaches, giddiness, nausea, vomiting, pains in the chest, breathlessness, stomach pains, erratic behaviour and visual problems.
Anyone in doubt over their gas installer can ring CORGI on 01256 372300 or log onto www.corgi-gas.com