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Colchester: Gas engineer in court
12:25pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
AN UNCERTIFIED gas engineer who carried out potentially fatal work at a home in Colchester has been spared jail.
Bankrupt Mark Bond, 56, of Johnson’s Drive, Elmstead Market, admitted breaching three health and safety regulations when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who prosecuted him, said seven defects were identified after he carried out work on a gas fire at the property in Roseberry Avenue and it was found to be leaking.
Jackie Frogatt, chair of the bench, said: “You are here facing three contraventions of health and safety regulations.
“The concerns of the bench were you carried this out with you fully knowing you were not entitled to do so.
“Our main concern is when these things occurred there was a a risk to the lives of people for whom this work was carried out.”
Mrs Froggatt said the offences crossed the custody threshold but gave Bond a six-month suspended sentence, in place for a year.
He must also pay a total of £1,965.50 costs and carry out 240 hours unpaid work.
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