Plumber’s licence suspended and retraining ordered

Canning Vale man Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879 – suspended), trading as Mason Plumbing and Gas, has had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended for three months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB). 

The SAT also ordered Mr Mason to undertake retraining in the form of a Building Commission plumbers’ licensing induction within three months and pay costs of $1,000.

The penalties imposed by the SAT relate to disciplinary matters including those Mr Mason committed in relation to plumbing work at a Thornlie property in 2016. In a settlement finalised on 20 June 2017, Mr Mason admitted that in relation to the Thornlie property he had failed to comply with the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 by:

  • failing to provide the PLB with a notice of intention to carry out major plumbing work at least 24 hours before commencing the work;
  • failing to provide the PLB and the owner a certificate of compliance for the major plumbing work within five working days of the completion of the work; and
  • failing to comply with a rectification notice, issued by a Building Commission plumbing compliance officer, within the timeframe specified on the notice.

Mr Mason also admitted that he had failed to comply with a previous order of the SAT, which required him to undertake retraining by a specified date.

In May 2016, in response to disciplinary allegations made by the PLB, the SAT ordered Mr Mason to undertake retraining and pay a fine of $2,000 and costs of $975 (read the media statement).  Mr Mason did not undertake the training ordered in 2016 and the SAT has again ordered him to undertake that training.

“This is not the first time Mr Mason’s conduct has come to the attention of the Plumbers Licensing Board, so we welcome the suspension of his plumbing contractor’s licence,” PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon said.

“This case is a reminder to anyone who carries out plumbing work that the Plumbers Licensing Board or State Administrative Tribunal can order them to remedy or pay money for incomplete or unsatisfactory work. The Board will hold plumbers to account if they do not comply with an order or their other obligations under the plumbing legislation.”

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06 Jul 2017

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