Varcurn Marble Ltd's Lee Curnow and gas fitter Mark Lawson fined

A fireplace firm director and gas fitter have been fined for carrying out potentially life-threatening work in six homes.

Varcurn Marble Ltd director Lee Curnow contracted Mark Lawson, an unregistered gas fitter, to install gas fires.

The incidents were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before the pair appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court in Cornwall.

Curnow was fined £10,000 and Lawson was fined £10,666.

'Significant failings'

Lawson worked in six homes in the Camborne, Redruth, Truro and Helston areas between January 2012 and October 2013.

The HSE said it launched an investigation after a Gas Safe registered engineer found significant failings in the work carried out by Lawson, following reports of fumes from a gas fire at one of the properties.

The HSE said of six gas fires installed by Lawson, four were classed as immediately dangerous so if operated or left connected to a gas supply, there would be immediate danger to life or property.

One was classed "at risk" with one or more faults that could constitute a danger to life or property.

The sixth had a previously reported gas leak following work by Lawson, which would be classed as 'immediately dangerous'.

The HSE said on at least two occasions, Lawson falsely claimed to be on the Gas Safe Register by using the registration name and number of a properly registered gas engineer on the commissioning documents for fires he installed.

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