Suspended sentence for Chesterfield plumber

A plumber from Chesterfield has received a ten month suspended sentence for health and safety failings.

Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how a 45-year-old plumber, Jamie Simpson, undertook work on gas appliances at a domestic property when he was not Gas Safe Registered.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred in January 2015 found that the homeowner’s gas safety inspection checks were either not properly carried out or not carried out at all.

Jamie Simpson, of Swaddale Avenue, Tapton, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and received a ten-month suspended sentence for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £5,146 in costs.

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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.
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