Plumber used flame to check gas leak

#1
Another soon to be member of the darwin awards?

A heating engineer and plumber used his cigarette lighter to check for a gas leak, a court was told yesterday.

Tony Adams, 55, was caught on film in a secret surveillance operation by trading standards officers. Jennifer Brown posed as a householder and called on Adams to investigate her "faulty" boiler, which needed a simple fix, Guildford Crown Court was told.

Adams, from Epsom, Surrey, charged £230 to fix the non-existent fault and then used the naked flame to test for leaks. He said he had not realised that working on a gas installation without being registered was a criminal offence. He was fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to making a reckless statement and two offences of breaching health and safety regulations.
 
#2
No Darwin (no death and the method lacks originality and excellence) but perhaps an Honourable Mention for the Trading Standards sting...
 

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