A company director from Dudley has been sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work on a property in Kingswinford putting the lives of the owners at risk.
Ross Kitson, a director of Kitsongas Limited, was prosecuted after an investigation by the Health Safety Executive (HSE) found he had carried out work on gas appliances in the property in Manor Park when neither himself nor his company were registered as Gas Safe.
Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard (11 June) that after the homeowner alerted HSE, inspectors also found that Mr Kitson had issued Gas Safe certificates in the name of another company that was properly registered.
The court was also told Mr Kitson’s company had since ceased trading.
Ross Kitson, 29, of Murdoch Drive, Kingswinford, Dudley, was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £858 and a £120 victim surcharge after he admitted breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 between December 2013 and September 2014.
After the case, HSE Inspector Paul Cooper said:
“The purpose of the Gas Safe Register is to protect the public from gas work being carried out by people who have not been trained and are not competent.
“Mr Kitson and his company were not registered by Gas Safe Register, and by carrying out this work, his actions endangered members of the public, putting them at serious risk of injury and even potentially death.”
Russell Kramer, Chief Executive of Gas Safe Register, added:
“Every Gas Safe registered engineer carries a Gas Safe ID card, which shows who they are and the type of gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
“We always encourage the public to ask for and check the card and if they have any concerns about the safety of work carried out in their home or workplace, to speak to us. Every year we investigate thousands of reports of illegal gas work. Call us on 0800 408 5500 or visit our website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk”
Further information about gas safety can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/gas
Notes to Editors
- Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice; promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice; and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
- Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “Where an offence under any of the relevant statutory provisions committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.”
- HSE news releases are available at http//press.hse.gov.uk.