A self-employed gas fitter has been jailed after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely pretending to be Gas Safe registered. Marc Murrie misled homeowners on several occasions by claiming to be Gas Safe registered when he was not.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how, Mr Murrie carried out gas work in two properties in West Yorkshire while not a member of a class of persons approved by Health and Safety Executive (HSE), i.e. was not registered with Gas Safe Register. Several defects were found on each gas installation including the use of inappropriate gas fittings and defective flue joints, all of which posed safety risks for the homeowners. Mr Murrie was subsequently served with a Prohibition Notice, banning him from carrying out any further gas work unless he completed appropriate qualifications and registered with Gas Safe Register.
An investigation by HSE found that he continued to work and carried out further gas work at two properties in South Yorkshire. Again, defects were subsequently found on the gas work after the homeowners complained to Gas Safe Register.
Marc Murrie of Moss Croft Lane, Hatfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire pleaded guilty to:
· 5 charges/offences of Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
· 3 charges/offences of Regulation 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
· 1 charge/offence each of Regulation 6(3) and Regulation 26(5) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
· 1 charge/offence under Section 33(1)(g) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Mr Murrie has been imprisoned for 12 months.