Slab work results in fines for negligence

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The Building Services Board has fined Osborne Park builder Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) $5,000 and its nominated supervisor Justayn Bean (BP13268) $3,000 for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The company’s conduct related to the laying of a slab for a residential dwelling at a Champion Lakes property in May 2014. The conduct resulted in the construction of a concrete slab and footings that did not comply with the applicable building codes and standards and the approved plans and specifications, as required by the Building Act 2011.

The Board found Ventura Home Group had failed to ensure proper management and supervision and that Mr Bean, as its nominated supervisor, failed to properly manage and supervise the works.

Concerned about cracks in the slab, the property’s owners lodged a building service complaint with the Building Commission in July 2014.

Inspections by the Building Commission and City of Armadale found issues with the slab, including the incorrect positioning of the reinforcing mesh within it.

In August 2014 the City ordered Ventura Home Group to immediately stop all work that had been progressing on site and to carry out remedial works, which were retrospectively approved in October 2014. The City issued Ventura Home Group with a new building permit for the remaining work. The Building Commission ordered further remedial works, which the company carried out under the new building permit.

“The slab is a key structural element in a building, so it is a critical component to get right,” said Building Commissioner Peter Gow.

“Ventura Home Group’s conduct was significant because its failure to carry out the building service in a proficient manner or to ensure the work was properly managed and supervised put the home owners’ interests and safety at risk.

“Home owners who believe they have faulty building work and are getting an unsatisfactory response from their builder may be able to lodge a complaint with the Building Commission.

"The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

Information on the building complaint process is available on the Building Commission website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/building-complaint or phone 1300 489 099.

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