Unregistered gas man put Sheffield family in danger

An unregistered gas fitter put a Sheffield family in danger when he illegally installed a boiler and left it in a dangerous condition, a court heard.

A week after gas experts capped the boiler off and attached a warning notice, Mahmood Khan, aged 61, of Pye Bank Road, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, ignored the warnings and reconnected the supply at the house in City Road.

Khan admitted four breaches of health and safety laws at Sheffield Magistrates Court and was given a six- month jail term, suspended for six months and told to pay £600 costs.

The court heard he displayed a ‘total disregard’ for a mother and two children, and knowingly exposed them to serious risk of injury, or even death.

Sheffield magistrates were told a National Grid engineer visited the property and told the landlord the boiler needed to be repaired by a Gas Safe- registered engineer.

Khan visited the property a week later and reconnected the boiler but failed to rectify any of the defects.

The Health and Safety Executive again wrote to the landlady advising her to have the boiler checked and asked for the details of the man who had reconnected it but received no reply.

The court heard it was not possible to trace Mr Khan until the landlady provided them with sufficient information.

She was prosecuted last year for breaching gas safety regulations.