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Darlington man jailed for illegal gas work

17 May 16 A Darlington man who pretended to be a legitimate Gas Safe engineer has been jailed for 18 months after carrying out illegal work on three occasions.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that Neil Simon McKimm (trading as Macs Plumbing Services) undertook gas work including servicing boilers. He used the alias of a legitimate gas engineer to deceive his customers.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that McKimm repeatedly falsely pretended to be a legitimate Gas Safe engineer and falsely signed official records in the name of a legitimate gas engineer.

Neil Simon McKimm (trading as Macs Plumbing Services and using the alias of Robert Welsh), of West Moorland Street, Darlington, was found guilty of breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998, and was sentenced to prison for 18 months.

HSE inspector Paul Wilson said after the hearing: “Gas work must be carried out by properly registered Gas Safe engineers, and HSE will robustly pursue those that break the law.”

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