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Henderson was not qualified to carry out the work.

Henderson was not qualified to carry out the work.

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Henderson was not qualified to carry out the work.

The owner of a Northern Ireland fireplace business has been handed a suspended sentence for carrying out unregistered gas work.

Derek Henderson (61) pleaded guilty to nine gas regulation breaches and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years.

Antrim Magistrates Court heard how Henderson of Moneyhaw Road, Moneymore - trading as Henderson Fireplaces - undertook work to install gas fire appliances at eight locations across Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2015.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) found Henderson was not Gas Safe registered at the time he carried out the work. He did not hold the appropriate qualifications to carry out work to install gas fires.

Linda Murphy, an inspector for HSCNI said: “Derek Henderson undertook gas work at these premises knowing that he was not registered to carry out the work.

“It is essential that gas work must be undertaken by trained and competent engineers who are registered with Gas Safe Register to ensure that gas installations are safe.”

Gas Safe Register is the official list of businesses that are legally permitted to carry out gas work. Every registered business employs an engineer(s), who is issued with a Gas Safe ID card. Not all engineers are qualified to do all types of gas work – so remember to check their ID card before any work is carried out.

Gas appliances should be safety checked every year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

If you need gas work done in your home or workplace or have concerns, you can use the attached link to find a registered business or check an engineer is registered and qualified for the work you need doing: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/find-an-engineer/

Belfast Telegraph