Builders held to account over conduct

Esperance builders FGS Contracting Pty Ltd (BC101335) and Ryan Wayne Franceschi (BP101345), who is the company’s sole director and nominated supervisor, have been fined $5,000 each and are no longer registered builders in Western Australia.

The Building Services Board imposed the fines and accepted the requests of FGS Contracting and Mr Franceschi to cancel their builder registrations after it determined the company was negligent or incompetent in connection with a building service and that Mr Franceschi had provided false or misleading information to the Board to obtain a builder’s registration.

“Mr Franceschi signed the declaration on the application form stating that all information provided was true and correct but at least one of his claims of experience and the accompanying verification were false,” Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said. “The Board’s April 2015 decision to grant Mr Franceschi’s building practitioner registration was based on the false information he provided.”

“Making false or misleading statements to the Building Services Board or providing false or misleading information in a registration application are serious offences that, in addition to the cancellation of a builder’s registration, can result in penalties of up to $25,000.”

The disciplinary action against building contractor FGS Contracting was for negligent or incompetent conduct in connection with the construction of a commercial-sized shed at a Grass Patch property in 2016.

Mr Bowron said, “FGS Contracting failed to exercise the care and skill expected of a registered building contractor in the construction of the roof of the shed which appears to have caused or contributed to the injury of a worker.”

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23 Feb 2018

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