Gas Technician Pleads Guilty to Safety Violation

KITCHENER, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - Gordon Carl Smith, gas technician from Guelph, Ontario, recently pled guilty to installing a gas boiler without holding the appropriate certification, contrary to provincial requirements under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act).

The Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener fined the defendant $5,000, plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.

Following an investigation conducted by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), an inspector for TSSA's Fuels Safety Program determined that, in September 2008, Mr. Smith installed a gas boiler at a residence in Kitchener, Ontario and did not possess the appropriate gas technician certification to do so. Ontario Regulation 215/01 (Fuel Industry Certificates) and Ontario Regulation 212/01 (Gaseous Fuels) prohibits a person from installing an appliance or thing that is employed in the handling or use of gas unless the installer is certified for that purpose.

While there were no injuries as a result of this violation, Mr. Smith did perform work on a gas appliance without holding appropriate certification and consequently undermined the certification process that is essential to public safety. Mr. Smith was also previously convicted in July 2008 for providing false information to an inspector.

"Failing to comply with certification requirements is a serious offence," says John Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program. "In Ontario, all agents employed in the installation, repair or servicing of natural gas appliances must possess valid certification, as per Ontario Regulation 215/01."

TSSA reminds the public that any fuel-fired appliance should be installed, serviced and/or inspected by a TSSA-certified technician. If in doubt of a technician's certification, contact TSSA toll-free at 1-877-682-8772.

"Prosecution for non-compliance is an important tool of enforcement," adds Marshall. "However working with stakeholders toward compliance and cooperation, often in proactive partnership, is the cornerstone of fuels safety."

About TSSA

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is an innovative, not-for-profit, organization dedicated to enhancing public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range of safety services include public education and consumer information, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization's vision is to be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety.

SOURCE Technical Standards and Safety Authority

For further information:

Gregory Kerr, Public Relations and Communications
Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email: media@tssa.org
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org

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