A 35 years old plumber has been fined £3,000 after causing a gas explosion at a house in Callander.
Craig Hall was found guilty of an offence under the Gas Safety Regulations and Health and Safety at Work Act on 22 December 2017 after failing to properly install a boiler.
The court heard that in August 2012 Hall incorrectly fitted the boiler to the gas supply at the home of Robin Cunningham and Marion Cunningham in Murdiston Avenue, Callander. This lead to an escape of natural gas which resulted in an explosion on the morning of 28 March 2013 when Mr Cunningham got up to make a cup of tea. Mr and Mrs Cunningham were trapped in the house and had to be rescued by the emergency services.
Laura Buchan, Head of the Crown’s Health and Safety Division said:
“Mr Hall is a qualified and experienced gas fitter, but on this occasion a period of inattention when soldering the gas pipe to a boiler, and failure to visually check the solder on this joint to the gas pipe had catastrophic consequences. “This case should serve to remind gas fitters of the importance of conducting a thorough visual examination of pipework installed in addition to gas tightness testing.”
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Mac Young said:
“This was a catastrophic gas explosion which has had long-lasting consequences for Mr and Mrs Cunningham.
“HSE conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and found that there was a failure by Mr Hall to ensure that the fitting of the gas supply pipe met the appropriate standard to prevent an escape of gas. The case highlights the importance of carrying out gas work safely and competently to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”