Plumber fined for work that didn’t meet the mark

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Hammond Park licensed plumbing contractor Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879) has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and ordered to undertake retraining for failing to meet his notification obligations for plumbing work and installing uncertified plumbing products.

In disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) and settled on 10 May 2016, Mr Mason admitted that in carrying out plumbing work at a 13-unit development in Hamilton Hill in September 2013 he had failed to submit a notice of intention prior to carrying out major plumbing work and installed materials or products that were not certified under the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Both are disciplinary matters under the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000. The SAT ordered Mr Mason to pay the PLB a $2,000 fine and costs of $975 and to undertake retraining in the form of a Building Commission plumbers’ licensing induction.

The uncertified plumbing products were provided to Mr Mason by Queens Park building company Choi Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC13447), which had contracted him to carry out the plumbing work. The uncertified plumbing products installed by Mr Mason included 39 shower and bath mixer taps.

In May 2015, Choi Homes and its nominated supervisor Graham Bryers (BP11649) of Seville Grove were fined a total of $2,000 by the Building Services Board for supplying and arranging the installation of the uncertified products. 

“The Plumbers Licensing Board must be notified of all major plumbing work at least 24 hours before it is commenced,” said PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM.

“Furthermore, all materials and products used in plumbing installations must comply with the requirements of the WaterMark Certification Scheme and be marked with the WaterMark logo.

“The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a national safeguard for plumbers and consumers and ensures all parts of a plumbing installation, regardless of whether or not they are made in Australia, perform their desired function under Australian conditions.

“Compliance with the scheme is important because material and product failures in plumbing systems can compromise public health and safety and result in property damage, disease, injury and even death.

“The Plumbers Licensing Board, through the Building Commission, will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the plumbing industry at risk.”

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Building Commission
Media release
31 May 2016

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