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'Nothing untoward'in pipe, says boss.

A senior manager from Hall's firm had spotted "nothing untoward" about the pipework feeding the property's existing boiler before work began on fitting a new one, the trial heard earlier this week.

Alistair MacDonald, then plumbing manager at Stirlingbased TRS Plumbing and Heating Services, said he carried out a visual inspection of the pipework before giving Mr and Mrs Cunningham a quote for replacing a faulty boiler at their home.

He said some of the pipes feeding the old boiler were obscured by a "pipe box", which he did not remove.

But he told prosecutor Shona McJannett: "Nothing gave me concern in inspecting the pipework before installation. We are legally bound to check as far as reasonably practical."

He said he found nothing that in his opinion warranted any further investigation before plumber Craig Hall began putting in the new boiler.

Mr MacDonald (50) added Hall had completed his re-registration and safety training as a gas engineer - a two-day theoretical and practical examination - just six months before carrying out the work.

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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