AN arrest warrant has been issued for a gas fitter after he failed to appear in court to answer claims that his alleged illegal work potentially endangered lives.
Glenn Edkins had been ordered to appear at Stafford Magistrates’ Court yesterday following a detailed investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The 43-year-old, of Holly Road, Barton under Needwood, was found to be not Gas Safe registered as the law requires, and allegedly left a gas leak in the boiler.
He is also accused of using the incorrect width of piping, which could have led to an explosion at a property he was working on in the village in November 2012.
A spokesman for the HSE spoke to the Mail about the case.
He said: “Mr Edkins was a ‘no-show’ at court so the case has been adjourned and a warrant issued for his arrest.
“The Staffordshire fitter was due to appear at Stafford Magistrates’ Court after his alleged illegal gas work potentially endangered lives.
“His handiwork was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive after he carried out gas work while installing a boiler at a home in Barton under Needwood in November 2012.
“Mr Edkins was not Gas Safe registered, as the law requires.
“He is alleged to have left a gas leak in the boiler and also used the incorrect width of piping, which could have led to an explosion.”
A date has not yet been set for Edkins’ next court appearance, as this will hinge on police officers managing to locate him.
The Gas Safe Register is a list of businesses and people who are competent to undertake both piped natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas work in the UK.
Gas Safe registered engineers carry an identity card which consumers are encouraged to ask an engineer for before they have gas work carried out.