“West Midlands company and its director have been fined after carrying out illegal gas work at restaurants across the Midlands and south of the country, putting business owners and customers’ lives at risk.

Kaysor Ahmed, 42, from Walsall, managing director of Sylhet Welding UK Ltd, previously Sylhet Welding and Engineering, carried out work himself, while not being Gas Safe registered, and employed others who were also not Gas Safe registered, over a sustained period.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a variety of gas work had been carried out by Sylhet, which specialised in the manufacture and supply of industrial catering equipment, such as cooking ranges.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday (27 June) that Mr Ahmed’s company had undertaken gas work at the Rickshaw and Bengal Spice restaurants in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, on 2 February 2012.

In the south of England, HSE found Mr Ahmed’s companies illegally carried out gas work on numerous restaurants, which HSE investigated.

Kaysor Ahmed of Wednesbury Road, Walsall, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £2,028. He was also banned from being a company director for two years.

Sylhet Welding UK Ltd of Oxford Street, Bilston, pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 3(2) and 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and was fined £6,600 and ordered to pay costs of £1,118.

HSE inspector Graham Tompkins said: “It is only a matter of luck that no-one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of the illegal gas work carried out by this company.

Comment:  It is never good to see a Director in court but when they put the safety of innocent persons at risk (for commercial gain) I applaud the actions of the HSE.

Other good news about the work of the HSE is that provisional data shows reveals that 133 workers were fatally injured between April 2013 and March 2014, compared with 150 in the previous year.  A small but positive drop.