Margaret River builder pays the price for negligence

Margaret River registered builder William Robert Price (BC10294 & BP10294) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.

The conduct related to a cost-plus contract Mr Price entered into in June 2015 for extensions and additions to an undercroft restaurant at a Margaret River guest house.

Mr Price was negligent in that he allowed the property owner and trades directly engaged by the owner to carry out some building work under the building permit on which he was named as the registered building contractor.

As the registered building contractor, Mr Price was personally obliged to manage and supervise the building work. In the absence of Mr Price’s management and supervision, building work was carried out that was contrary to the approved plans and engineer’s specifications in several ways.

“Mr Price was aware that the owner had already undertaken excavation work at the site when he agreed to take on the remaining work and applied to the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River for a building permit,” Building Commission Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said.

“While the building permit was issued in Mr Price’s name, some of the work was carried out by the owner or tradespeople Mr Price had not engaged.

“Mr Price allowed the owner to become involved in the work to such a degree that he lost effective control of the building work and put the structural integrity of the building and the safety of its occupants at risk.”

The shire reported Mr Price’s conduct to the Building Commission after its inspections identified several issues with the building work. The shire ordered Mr Price to stop immediately all unauthorised work at the site, which he complied with. Mr Price then completed the work in accordance with the revised plans and specifications.

The owner was prosecuted by the shire and fined $67,000 for the unauthorised building work.

Mr Munns said, “The Building Commission, through the Building Services Board, will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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30 Aug 2017

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