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A mother and her foster children were exposed to potential carbon monoxide poisoning, after 'shoddy' building work on their home. Back in 2010 a company chosen by the local Council did a loft conversion to accommodate the foster children, which included moving the boiler into the new loft space and replacing the gas fire flue.
Afterwards the family complained that the boiler was leaking and not working properly. A Gas Safe inspection found that the boiler was incorrectly fitted and that the gas fire flue was capped wrongly, allowing poisonous carbon monoxide gas into the loft. The work was so bad it was classified as 'immediately dangerous'.
The HSE investigation found that Newport City Council had told the mother to use the building company without checking the quality of their work. So the Council was fined £20,000 for a health and safety breach which could have caused carbon monoxide poisoning. The HSE Inspector speaking after the hearing said,
‘The shoddy and careless work by the contractors could have cost a family with young children their lives.’
When anyone has work done on a gas appliance, they trust that it is done to a safe standard. Fortunately the foster family did not suffer any serious injury or worse, however not everyone is so lucky. At Head Injury UK our carbon monoxide posioning solicitors are experienced in helping victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. So if you have suffered injury or lost a loved one through carbon monoxide poisoning, contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.
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