Wiltshire

Illegal Swindon gas fitter who 'put lives at risk' is fined

An unregistered gas fitter has been fined for carrying out potentially life-threatening work.

Arash Raeisinezhadian illegally installed boilers at four homes in Swindon in 2013 and 2014.

He was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after his work was classed as "immediately dangerous".

He admitted four breaches of health and safety laws and was fined £2,150 and ordered to pay costs of £831 at Swindon Magistrates' Court.

Gas leak

The court heard Mr Raeisinezhadian was paid by a letting agency to install a new boiler at a property in Haydon End.

He was also contracted to install boilers at homes in Belle Vue Road, Pennycress Close and Abbey View Road.

But when the work was checked by a registered gas engineer, the HSE said one installation was classed as "immediately dangerous" and a gas leak was detected in another.

After the hearing, the organisation said Mr Raeisinezhadian's "poor work" had "put lives at risk".

"This case shows the risks of using illegal gas workers," said HSE inspector Paul Newton.

"It was fortunate no-one was seriously hurt."

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