A landlord has been prosecuted for safety failings relating to illegal and dangerous gas work at two properties in Essex


Claire Sherwood employed the same illegal gas fitters to install boilers at her own house on Lexden Road, Colchester, on 31 March 2012, and a month later, on 23 April, at a property she owned on Sovereign Crescent, Colchester.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard (16 October 2013) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mrs Sherwood, in her role as a landlord of the Sovereign Crescent property, had failed to check that the gas fitters she had employed were competent. She should have ensured they were registered with the Gas Safe Register – a legal requirement for anyone undertaking gas work.

 Source: www.installeronline.co.uk