Illegal gas work risked restaurant safety

07 Jul 2014

The lives of customers and staff at a string of restaurants were put at risk after a firm and its managing director carried out illegal gas work, a court heard.

Sylhet Welding UK, of Oxford Street, Bilston, West Midlands, was fined £6,600 and told to pay costs of £1,118 after admitting two breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations.

Its managing director, 42-year-old Kaysor Ahmed, of Wednesbury Road, Walsall, meanwhile, was fined the same amount and ordered to pay £2,028 costs after admitting a breach of the same regulations and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was also banned for two years from being a company director.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the firm - which specialised in the manufacture and supply of catering equipment - carried out a variety of gas work.

The court heard that Mr Ahmed had done work himself while not Gas Safe registered while also employing other unregistered workers to do other jobs.

Illegal gas work had been carried out by Mr Ahmed's companies in the Midlands and at numerous restaurants in the south of England, the HSE found.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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