Plumber in hot water over bathroom renovation

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Oakford licensed plumbing tradesperson Bradley Kenneth Mack (TL5569), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $1,500 and costs of $975 as a result of disciplinary action initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).

In a settlement finalised on 24 July 2015, Mr Mack admitted to carrying out plumbing work at an Armadale property between February and March 2013 without being under the general direction and control of a licensed plumbing contractor, which is a disciplinary matter under the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.

A bathroom renovation Mr Mack carried out at the property included plumbing work consisting of the installation of a toilet pan and cistern including an isolating valve and cold water supply pipe, and the installation of a vanity basin and shower, including hot and cold water pipes, tapware and sanitary waste pipes.

“For Mr Mack to carry out plumbing work outside the control and supervision of a licensed plumbing contractor is irresponsible,” said PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM.

“If plumbing work is done incorrectly it can result in the failure of plumbing equipment or systems, which can compromise public health and safety and result in property damage, disease, injury or even death.

“It is for this reason that all plumbing work carried out in Western Australia must be done by a person who holds the appropriate licence.

“We expect to be able to trust our licensed plumbers to do the right thing and the Plumbers Licensing Board, through the Building Commission, will continue to hold to account and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the plumbing industry at risk.”

For more information on plumbers’ responsibilities and the relevant laws, visit the Building Commission website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-commission, phone 1300 489 099 or email bcinfo@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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