Illegal gas fitter who put residents at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is fined

Illegal gas fitter who put residents at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is fined

Illegal gas fitter who put residents at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is fined

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AN ILLEGAL gas fitter from Poole put lives at risk after carrying out sub-standard work in people’s homes, a court has heard.

Colin Yeatman, who traded under COB Plumbing Ltd, was sentenced for a series of gas safety breaches at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 2.

The 51-year-old fitted a gas boiler, cooker and hot water system at a new property in Poole in 2012 and installed a new boiler at a house in Broadstone in 2010.

However, he was unqualified to carry out work on gas appliances, left gas installations in a dangerous condition and falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer.

His work put residents at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and of potential fire and explosion within the property, the court was told.

After a prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Yeatman, of Gort Road, Poole, pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500.

COB Plumbing Ltd, of High Street, Poole, pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The firm was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £8,056 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Mehtaab Hamid, said: “Mr Yeatman’s actions were quite deliberate.”

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4:54pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Townee says...

They want to check some of the well know companies who advertise on TV. A service lasts 10 minutes and a few bangs with a spanner or takes an hour when they are on the phone to mates.
Have regularly had to complain and have a supervisor out to redo the work.
They want to check some of the well know companies who advertise on TV. A service lasts 10 minutes and a few bangs with a spanner or takes an hour when they are on the phone to mates. Have regularly had to complain and have a supervisor out to redo the work. Townee
  • Score: 9

6:03pm Tue 15 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

They should check on the companies some councils use for gas safety checks.

I bought a CO detector/alarm to go in my Mum's bungalow. It was installed two weeks after the council had checked her appliances - and went off immediately. It turned out to be a faulty flue on a gas fire. I'd found out why I was always tired when I visited, and why she slept so much. We moved the alarm around her neighbours' bungalows and found 3 out of 5 were had low (but dangerous) levels of CO despite having recent gas safety certificates. One of her neighbours had died a couple of months before the certificate was issued - with symptoms of low level CO poisoning.
They should check on the companies some councils use for gas safety checks. I bought a CO detector/alarm to go in my Mum's bungalow. It was installed two weeks after the council had checked her appliances - and went off immediately. It turned out to be a faulty flue on a gas fire. I'd found out why I was always tired when I visited, and why she slept so much. We moved the alarm around her neighbours' bungalows and found 3 out of 5 were had low (but dangerous) levels of CO despite having recent gas safety certificates. One of her neighbours had died a couple of months before the certificate was issued - with symptoms of low level CO poisoning. JackJohnson
  • Score: 5

6:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

60plus says...

Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap, 60plus
  • Score: 5

7:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

typ nowhere says...

60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
And what electric certificate would that be?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]And what electric certificate would that be? typ nowhere
  • Score: -1

8:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bobthedestroyer says...

typ nowhere wrote:
60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
And what electric certificate would that be?
That would be the NICEIC

http://www.niceic.co
m/Page/SearchContrac
tors
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]And what electric certificate would that be?[/p][/quote]That would be the NICEIC http://www.niceic.co m/Page/SearchContrac tors bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 8

8:33pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Miss Appropriate says...

When anyone comes to give you an estimate for whatever work you wish to be carried out, make sure they bring certificates with them. Either copy details or photocopy them. When they have gone, make sure to do the checks and see if they are registered with the relevant authorities. It's only a couple of phone calls and it could save you a lot of aggravation later !
When anyone comes to give you an estimate for whatever work you wish to be carried out, make sure they bring certificates with them. Either copy details or photocopy them. When they have gone, make sure to do the checks and see if they are registered with the relevant authorities. It's only a couple of phone calls and it could save you a lot of aggravation later ! Miss Appropriate
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Tue 15 Apr 14

typ nowhere says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
typ nowhere wrote:
60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
And what electric certificate would that be?
That would be the NICEIC

http://www.niceic.co

m/Page/SearchContrac

tors
What about Napit, Elecsa, amongst others? the electrical contracting industry with regard to domestic work is in a complete mess, take a look at this link on the IET website (thats the people that write BS 7671 Wiring regs) http://www.theiet.or
g/forums/forum/messa
geview.cfm?catid=205
&threadid=57307&ente
rthread=y Along with plenty of other threads about these schemes. Also if you were to employ a company that is acredited to the NICEIC, you still do not know if the person doing the work is competent look here http://www.theiet.or
g/forums/forum/messa
geview.cfm?catid=205
&threadid=57216&ente
rthread=y
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]And what electric certificate would that be?[/p][/quote]That would be the NICEIC http://www.niceic.co m/Page/SearchContrac tors[/p][/quote]What about Napit, Elecsa, amongst others? the electrical contracting industry with regard to domestic work is in a complete mess, take a look at this link on the IET website (thats the people that write BS 7671 Wiring regs) http://www.theiet.or g/forums/forum/messa geview.cfm?catid=205 &threadid=57307&ente rthread=y Along with plenty of other threads about these schemes. Also if you were to employ a company that is acredited to the NICEIC, you still do not know if the person doing the work is competent look here http://www.theiet.or g/forums/forum/messa geview.cfm?catid=205 &threadid=57216&ente rthread=y typ nowhere
  • Score: 7

7:29am Wed 16 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly. JackJohnson
  • Score: 4

10:00am Wed 16 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Carbon Monoxide is one of my favourite gasses. I think Nitrogen is my all time fave though.
Carbon Monoxide is one of my favourite gasses. I think Nitrogen is my all time fave though. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -4

10:16am Wed 16 Apr 14

forest-dweller says...

JackJohnson wrote:
60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly.
“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” ― John Ruskin
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly.[/p][/quote]“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” ― John Ruskin forest-dweller
  • Score: 3

10:43am Wed 16 Apr 14

saynomore says...

Alway go onto Checkatrade at least you will see feedback from satisfied customers,too many cowboys about.
Alway go onto Checkatrade at least you will see feedback from satisfied customers,too many cowboys about. saynomore
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Be careful when renting private properties Landlords are not always prepared
to pay for boiler servicing.
Be careful when renting private properties Landlords are not always prepared to pay for boiler servicing. guisselle
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

forest-dweller wrote:
JackJohnson wrote:
60plus wrote:
Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,
Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly.
“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” ― John Ruskin
It's rare that I need to get someone in to do a job for me. Usually it'll be gas, major electrical or work on my car.

Depending on the scale of the job I usually get between 3 and 5 quotes. The middle one usually gets it after certification (if necessary) is checked and online reviews are searched. As it's so easy to fake online reviews good ones are ignored. Only bad reviews are taken seriously.

If you do find a tradesman you trust - hang onto him and share his details with your friends to help promote his business the best way there is - word of mouth.
[quote][p][bold]forest-dweller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Before you would let anyone carry out work either gas electric or plumbing you should ask to see their certificate.never mind if he knows someone who says he's cheap,[/p][/quote]Choosing the cheapest estimate is often the most expensive way to get a job done badly.[/p][/quote]“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” ― John Ruskin[/p][/quote]It's rare that I need to get someone in to do a job for me. Usually it'll be gas, major electrical or work on my car. Depending on the scale of the job I usually get between 3 and 5 quotes. The middle one usually gets it after certification (if necessary) is checked and online reviews are searched. As it's so easy to fake online reviews good ones are ignored. Only bad reviews are taken seriously. If you do find a tradesman you trust - hang onto him and share his details with your friends to help promote his business the best way there is - word of mouth. JackJohnson
  • Score: 1

7:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

guisselle wrote:
Be careful when renting private properties Landlords are not always prepared
to pay for boiler servicing.
http://www.gassafere
gister.co.uk/advice/
renting_a_property/f
or_landlords.aspx

http://www.hse.gov.u
k/gas/landlords/gasa
ppliances.htm#mainta
ined
[quote][p][bold]guisselle[/bold] wrote: Be careful when renting private properties Landlords are not always prepared to pay for boiler servicing.[/p][/quote]http://www.gassafere gister.co.uk/advice/ renting_a_property/f or_landlords.aspx http://www.hse.gov.u k/gas/landlords/gasa ppliances.htm#mainta ined JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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