Two brothers have been given suspended prison sentences after one of them illegally installed a gas boiler and left it in a dangerous condition.
Lee Butterworth, 43, who trades as English Riviera Building Company Ltd.
Contracted his brother Scott Butterworth, aged 41, to carry out the work at a house at Crabtree Close, Plymouth.
The pair were prosecuted at Torquay Magistrates following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The court heard that Lee Butterworth was carrying out extensive works on the house which included installing a new gas boiler.
Lee Butterworth arranged for his brother, Scott Butterworth, to install the gas boiler and gas pipework.
That gas engineer found a gas leak on the gas pipework that Scott Butterworth had installed.
He classed what he found as ‘Immediately Dangerous’ as there was a real risk of a gas explosion.
He was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 2 years.
Scott Butterworth of Marine Drive, Paignton, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
He was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment.
This was suspended for 2 years for each offence, to run concurrently.
He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid community work and ordered to pay costs of £496.60.
HSE Inspector Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said:
“Scott Butterworth was not competent or registered to work on gas appliances.
This was clearly shown when his work left a gas installation which had a gas leak.
“Lee Butterworth was in charge of this work and he should have ensured that anyone undertaking gas work on his job was properly registered with Gas Safe Register.
But Lee Butterworth did not do this simple check but allowed his brother to undertake illegal gas work.
“The poor standard of work in this case could have had tragic consequences for the homeowners.”
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