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Ipswich gas engineer fined for illegal work

A self-employed gas engineer has been fined for carrying out unregistered work on commercial premises in Ipswich.

Duncan Frere, 37, of Wilkinson Drive, Ipswich was hired between May and June 2010 to carry out the installation and connection of a number of gas appliances at the Super Kebab House in Ipswich, and, to carry out safety checks at the Kishmish Indian Takeaway restaurant on 14 March 2011.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court heard that a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Mr. Frere was not trained, registered or competent to work on gas appliances on commercial catering premises.

Mr. Frere admitted breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 as well as Regulations 3(1) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 costs. He also had to pay a £15 victim surcharge.


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