A landlord from Blackburn has been fined £1500 including costs after failing to ensure that a gas heater he provided to a rented showroom was safe to use.
Two employees at the showroom were taken to hospital and were found to have elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide in their blood, one of which was three times over the normal levels. When an inpector from the National Grid was called to the property, it was found that the gas heater was the cause of the leak.
A spokesperson from the Health and Safety Executive said:
"Landlords need to make sure that equipment they provide for their tenants is adequately maintained and safe to use... Landlords of commercial properties should make sure that contracts clearly state who is responsible for maintaining gas boilers and appliances so that everyone is aware of their responsibilities."