Tradesman prosecuted for unlicensed electrical work
At Perth Magistrates Court last month, the man was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $1,224.80 in costs after pleading guilty to five charges under WA’s Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.
The man, who is not named because the court granted a spent conviction, has never held an electrical contractor’s licence. The court was advised that the man issued three invoices to commercial premises in 2020 for electrical installing work while holding himself out to be a licensed electrical contractor.
The other charges relate to the man’s unauthorised signing of two electrical safety certificates using the licence number of another WA electrical contractor.
Western Australia’s director of energy safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, encourages businesses and home owners to undertake a licence check at the Building and Energy website here.
“Only a licensed electrical contractor should be engaged to undertake electrical installing work at your business or home,” Saj says.
“As well as having the appropriate skills and experience to do this work correctly and safely, a licensed electrical contractor is required to hold public liability insurance and lodge official notices for electrical work, which may then be inspected for compliance. You will also have the reassurance of receiving an electrical safety certificate for any electrical installing work completed.”