19 November 2007
Gas installer fined after residents put at risk
A self-employed Corgi-registered gas installer has been fined after pleading guilty to installing a gas fire and leaving it in a dangerous condition.
Soon after Azam Siddiqi from Oldham had installed a fire at a property in Fallowfield, Manchester, the resident and her daughter began to suffer from headaches and noticed a funny smell.
The residents contacted National Grid Gas, which operates a significant gas distribution network in England, which immediately disconnected the fire because of its dangerous condition.
At a hearing in Trafford Magistrates Court, Mr Siddiqi was made to pay a total of £3,000.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Richard Clarke stated: "This is an unusual case as it involves a Corgi-registered installer, who should have known better … There was no excuse for this fire to have been wrongly fitted which put this family at unnecessary risk."