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Illegal North Somerset gasman lied about credentials

How do I know my gas engineer is qualified to do the work?A Clevedon man has been prosecuted for illegally installing a gas boiler and flue at a property at Severn Beach, Bristol, while not registered with CORGI, the then industry body.

CORGI was superseded by the Gas Safe Register in April 2009.

North Avon Magistrates’ Court was told that Jeffrey Maslen, 47, from Clevedon, Somerset, installed the gas boiler with a totally inadequate flue. The flue in the attic space was later found to have come apart - potentially exposing the occupants of the house to deadly carbon monoxide.

During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, magistrates heard Mr. Maslen was not suitably qualified to undertake the work carried out at the property between 1 and 18 March 2009 and also did not hold the correct competencies to carry out the work.

In addition to not being registered with the industry body, he deliberately falsified paperwork to say he was a registered engineer.

Jeffrey Frank Maslen of Macleod Close, Clevedon, North Somerset was charged with contravening Regulation 3 (3), 3 (7) and 27 (1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He pleaded guilty and was given a 12 month community order requiring 100 hours of community service, an eight week curfew from 8pm to 7.30am and was ordered to pay full costs of £1,412.50.


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