Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Plumber sentenced to unpaid work after carrying out ‘illegal and dangerous’ gas fitting

A gas boiler.

A gas boiler.

A plumber who connected a gas boiler despite not being qualified has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

shares

John Ranfield, of Lansdowne Close, Tiptree, helped install a downstairs cloakroom at a house in April 2013.

However while at the house he agreed to install a domestic gas boiler even though he was not on the Gas Safe Register, a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work.

Ranfield, 63, attached the boiler to the existing flue without carrying out the necessary checks and left the boiler with an unstable flame caused by incorrect combustion which could have potentially exposed the householders to carbon monoxide, Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard today.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Ranfield, said the work was classed as “immediately dangerous” by investigators with an additional two “at risk” defects found.

Magistrates sentenced Ranfield to 150 hours of unpaid community service to be carried out over the next year and ordered him to pay costs of £500 after he admitted to three separate breaches of gas safety regulations.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Kim Tichias said: “John Ranfield should have known better than to accept a job he was not qualified, competent, or legally allowed to do.

“People can die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and gas explosions. It is therefore vital that only registered gas engineers, who are trained and competent, work on gas appliances and fittings.”

To find out more about the Gas Safe Register visit its website or call 0800 408 5500.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

London Road North in Lowestoft has been cordoned off by emergency services.

Emergency services have descended on the centre of Lowestoft following an incident this afternoon.

Shotley wins Village of the Year.

Shotley has been announced the winner of the annual Suffolk Village of the Year competition.

Firefighters attended the incident

Emergency services were called to a crash on the A14 near Coddenham this afternoon.

It won't be the real thing, sadly, but there is an Abba tribute in Colchester this weekend

Brave the September weather this weekend and treat family and friends to a day out in East Anglia. Unsure where to go? Here are 10 events you shouldn’t miss:

The scene of a fire at Exning Primary School. Headteacher, James Clark.

Two members of the public tried to stop the blaze at Exning Primary School before the fire brigade arrived.

Ronald Chisnall

An 89-year-old widower who sexually assaulted two schoolgirls at his Ipswich home has been jailed for 34 months.

Fire crews at the scene of a fire behind the former Burton's factory in Ipswich Waterfront

Firefighters have been called to a fire at the former Burton’s factory on Ipswich Waterfront.

Jonathan Dotchin, Kezi Mellen UCS LGBT+ society with Valerie Jarvis of Theta Cafe with some of the items collected for Calais refugees.

Members of a university Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) society have launched a collection for refugees in Calais.

The A14

Emergency teams worked to release a man trapped in his car after it overturned on the A14.

Hungarian soldiers put razor wire on top of a fence on the border with Serbia to tackle the refugee crisis. Photo: AP Photo/Darko Bandic

Essex-wide talks should be held on how councils can help with the current refugee crisis, according to the leader of Colchester Borough Council.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages