The importance of using a Gas Safe registered engineer
A £10,000 fine and a suspended jail sentence was the punishment for a landlord who put the lives of his tenants’ at risk by carrying out his own illegal boiler maintenance at the flats he let out.
Vispasp Sarkari of North London was charged with a serious breach of safety regulations after a recent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.
Southwark Crown Court were told that Mr Sakari was caught “in the act” in August 2013, carrying out his own work on a boiler by a National Grid engineer. This followed a complaint that had been made alleging that the landlord was carrying out gas maintenance work in a flat that was home to a family with children.
The Health and Safety Executive discovered evidence that Mr Sarkari had carried out similar illegal gas work on several occasions; despite the fact he was not a Gas Safe registered engineer.
On the day of National Grids visit, Mr Sarkari and another person were witnessed carrying out this work and there was no evidence that he or his associate were registered with Gas Safe.
Mr Sarkari was sentenced to a 12 months’ prison term, which was suspended for two years, ordered to complete 150 hours’ community service work and fined £10,000. As well as this Mr Sarkari was ordered to pay the £9,978 court costs after admitting his breach of the Gas Safety Regulations.