Suspended sentence for unregistered gas worker

A man has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after working on a number of boilers without being Gas Safe registered.

High Wycombe Crown Court heard how Philip Locke carried out work on a boiler in 2013 without being registered, faults were later found with the boiler.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting issued a letter to Mr Locke informing him of his responsibility to be registered in order to work on boilers. Further information given to HSE suggested that Mr Locke failed to become Gas Safe registered.

Mr Philip Locke of Chalfont St Giles, High Wycombe pleaded of breaching pleaded guilty to two charges under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 has been sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for one year and fined £6500 and ordered to pay costs of £6280.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Philip Locke showed disregard for the law when he continued to work on gas appliances without certification.

“This case highlights the importance that plumbers must be competent and Gas Safe registered to work on gas appliances.”

Notes to Editors:

  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.[2]
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: [3]  and guidance at
  3. HSE news releases are available at
  4. Please see the link below to HSE’s website guide to doing it the right way:


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