Sanquhar gas evacuation care home firm fined

Dumfries Sheriff Court Dumfries Sheriff Court was told the gas work at the home had been "shoddy and dangerous"

The operators of a care home where residents had to be evacuated after an early morning gas leak have been fined £55,000 at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Harveys Healthcare Ltd admitted two safety offences at its Queensberry Care Home in Sanquhar.

The charges followed the evacuation of residents due to a strong smell of gas from the boiler room in February 2010.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross said the fine could have been £65,000 but it had been discounted due to the guilty plea.

The firm admitted failing to ensure that two workmen who installed two fan-assisted gas boilers were registered with Gas Safe or held accredited authorisation.

It was later found that the safety certificate supplied by the two men - who could now not be traced - did not have the authentic six-digit number on it and experts described the work as "a shoddy and dangerous installation".

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