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Anna Wilkinson prosecutes gas worker on behalf of HSE

Marc Murrie was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court for carrying out gas work when not registered to do so.

The Defendant had carried out gas work at four properties in the South Yorkshire area between 2013 and 2016. Concerns were raised following problems with his work and it was discovered that he was using an expired gas safe register number on documents and falsely asserting to clients that he was registered.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  found Mr Murrie carried out the gas work, including fitting fires and boilers, at the properties when he was unregistered. The work he conducted at several properties was deemed “at risk” putting homeowners and residents potentially at risk of leaking carbon monoxide or potential explosion.

The Defendant was given a prohibition notice in 2015 by HSE and continued to carry out work on a property in 2016 in breach of that notice.

The Defendant pleaded guilty to 11 breaches under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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