Plumber puts lives at risk with false gas safety checks | NEWS

safety trainingA plumber arranged for dishonest gas safety checks at landlords’ tenanted properties leaving a gas boiler in a dangerous state and putting the lives of the tenants at risk.

Marko Sebastian, aged 42, arranged for Ryan Walker to undertake the landlords’ gas safety checks at tenanted properties on 14 separate occasions between February 2013 and May 2015 despite Ryan not being a registered gas engineer. Gas safety records produced used a false Gas Safe Register registration number and a fictitious address for Ryan Walker.

Marko Sebastian claimed to have met Neil Walker in a pub and instructed him to undertake the landlords’ gas safety checks for him, as the agent for the landlords, but Marko Sebastian did not undertake any checks on whether Neil Walker was registered to legally undertake such work.

One gas boiler that Ryan passed as safe was subsequently found to be ‘Immediately Dangerous’ and was potentially leaking poisonous carbon monoxide into the tenants’ property. The tenants had been suffering from headaches and dizziness and contacted Wales and West Utilities who isolated the gas supply to the boiler.