The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland’s independent energy, energy safety and water regulator, secured a prosecution against Mr. Frank Byrne of Royal Canal Way, Ashtown, Dublin 15 for illegally undertaking gas works while not being a Registered Gas Installer (RGI).
The case was heard on 12 June 2018 and presiding Judge Brennan heard evidence from Mr. Keith Walsh, Gas Safety Officer with the CRU that the works carried out did not conform with the relevant standards required.
The gas works were undertaken in a house in Clonsilla, Dublin 15 in December 2016. Judge Brennan fined Mr. Byrne €100 for the offence of illegally undertaking gas works, and awarded costs of €1,500 plus VAT to the CRU.
It is illegal for an individual or company to carry out Gas Works or to portray themselves as registered, unless they are a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) with the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII). The penalties for non-compliance include a fine of up to €15,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 3 years.
Members of the public who wish to report an unregistered individual who has undertaken gas works or has portrayed themselves as a Registered Gas Installer should visit www.rgii.ie.
There are over 3,000 Registered Gas Installers (RGIs) in Ireland. By using a RGI, consumers can have confidence that they are dealing with a competent installer who has the required expertise in gas safety to ensure the safe operation of their gas installation. The RGI is insured and a sample of their work is inspected by the RGII on an annual basis.
The CRU’s mission in this area is to protect life, to prevent injury, and to minimise economic loss and it investigates all reports of alleged breaches of legislation. The number of successful prosecutions secured by the CRU have risen annually since 2011, and this prosecution further emphasises the requirement by law for all gas installers to be registered with RGII.
The CRU’s Commissioner for Energy Safety and Chairperson, Dr. Paul McGowan said: “This successful prosecution sends out a strong message to both unregistered installers and consumers. If a gas installer does not have the required registration – or cannot prove membership of the RGI scheme – consumers should not use them. IF consumers suspect that they are acting illegally, they should contact the RGII immediately. The CRU will continue to vigorously pursue such cases against individuals and companies who do not observe the legal requirements for undertaking gas installations or works”.