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Unregistered gas fitter jailed after 'ignoring warnings'

A 39-year-old unregistered gas fitter who “repeatedly put lives at risk” has been jailed for 12 months.

Thomas Dalton, of Harrogate, already served three months behind bars back in 2006 after breaching a Health and Safety Executive prohibition notice barring him from carrying out any work on gas fittings.

York Crown Court heard Mr Dalton, a self-employed plumber, had been served with the notice in April 2005 because he was not a registered gas installer.

The court was told that, in spite of this, he carried out gas fitting work at The Avenue in Harrogate in May that year. He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in December, 2005, after admitting breaching the notice, as well as 13 further offences of failing to comply with gas safety regulations.

HSE inspector Kate Dixon said he ignore the warnings and broke the prohibition notice again in January 2007 when he installed a gas boiler at Cornwall Road, Harrogate.

The HSE said it was installed “in such a way that the flue and the pipe work put the householders’ lives at risk, as carbon monoxide could have leaked into the property”.

He was yesterday given a 12-month sentence after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

Ms Dixon said: “Thomas Dalton has repeatedly put lives at risk by carrying out gas work without the proper accreditation or training, and whilst being prohibited from such work.”

All installers must be approved by the Gas Safe Register.