Gas fitter appears in court over Salford blast
A gas fitter has appeared in court over a major explosion in Salford which left 16 people injured including one woman with severe burns.
Paul Kay, 29, of Slater Street, Warrington appeared at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on Friday last week charged with failing to ensure a gas fitting was properly supported and protected.
The house at the centre of the blast on 2 November 2010 in Merlin Road, Irlam, was owned by City West Housing Trust, which had been carrying out improvement works on the property.
Two hundred homes were evacuated and three were totally destroyed.
Mr Kay is charged with breaching Regulation 7(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.
He was released on unconditional bail to reappear at the magistrates’ court on 10 August for a committal trial, where it may be decided his case is serious enough to be passed to the crown court.
The 82-year-old female resident of the house was left in a critical condition after the blast and remained in hospital months after the explosion.