A situation in Cannock, Staffordshire could highlight to private landlords why it is important to use gas installers who carry the Gas Safe Register identity card.

It is one of the landlord's responsibilities to get a gas safety certificate and ensure work on appliances is undertaken by accredited professionals, but that was not the case regarding the story of Kevin Hall, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The Gas Safe Register replaced the Corgi scheme as the nationally-recognised standard for gas fitters in the UK on April 1st, and Mr Hall was jailed for breaching health and safety legislation by faking his Corgi qualification last year before installing a gas boiler.

Commenting on Mr Hall's case, HSE investigating inspector Andrew Bowker said: "Kevin Hall continued to do sub-standard gas work without registration. The work has needed to be put right by registered engineers."

He added that it was fortunate no-one died or became ill, and suggested that "such a blatant disregard for the law will not be ignored by HSE".

Written by Claire Doyle

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