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A Mandurah electrical contractor has been fined $12,000 after taking six weeks to inform authorities about an apprentice’s electric shock, which must be reported immediately. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 9 February 2024, Ballantyne Commercial Property Services (EC14101) pleaded guilty to not immediately reporting an electrical accident to the network operator, as required by WA’s electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Changes to streamline and clarify rules for private swimming pool safety barriers Extensive consultation as part of a comprehensive review of pool barrier laws The Cook Government is improving the safety of private swimming pools by implementing the recommendations from a review of private pool safety barrier requirements. The review was...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Feb 2024
An electrical line worker has been fined $10,500 for safety failures that left an apprentice unconscious and burnt from an electric shock in the Wheatbelt. At Narrogin Magistrates Court on 23 January 2024, Darren Scott Hardy pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s electricity network safety laws following prosecution by Building and Energy. The court heard Mr Hardy was employed by Western Power in...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Final stage of improved protections for building and construction subcontractors now in effect Landmark reforms to ensure timely payments across the contracting chain Three-year project delivered new legislation, a retention trust scheme, fairer contracting practices and strengthened regulatory powers The Cook Government has delivered on its...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2024
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of FTD Construction Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance, if they have not already done so. The Perth building company appointed liquidators yesterday (29 January 2024). In September 2023, the Building Services Board refused to renew the building contractor registration of FTD...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2024
Owners of recalled double-door BeefEater fridges are urged to immediately turn them off and arrange a refund or replacement, even if the appliance was previously repaired. The BeefEater BS28200 double-door fridge and the BS28130 single-door model have been recalled nationally due to electrical fire risks. The recall followed action by WA’s electrical safety regulator , Building and Energy, which...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2024
Western Power was today fined $80,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure network safety in relation to the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire in February 2022. Perth Magistrates Court heard the bushfire on 6 February 2022 started when Western Power’s high-voltage overhead electricity conductors clashed between two power poles in Wardering. The resulting sparks ignited grass stubble and the fire...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Explosion and injury risks from the use of LP gas adaptors Adaptors override the improved safety of LCC27 valves Ensure the safe connection of LP gas cylinders and appliances The State’s energy safety regulator is warning against the use of valve connectors (adaptors) following a recent incident resulting in serious injury. A Perth home owner recently received severe burns while using a barbecue...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Former building contractor Lordz Pty Ltd (BC100934; cancelled) and its director Peter Lord have been fined for undertaking building services while unregistered. There was no appearance by Mr Lord or the company at Midland Magistrate Court on 11 December 2023 following prosecution by Building and Energy. They were convicted in their absence of two offences under the Building Services (Registration...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Most significant reforms to Western Australia's building laws in over a decade Initial focus on improvements to design and construction of high-rise buildings, including apartments Strengthened laws to protect consumers and ensure a high-quality construction The Cook Government has announced landmark reforms to the State's building laws and will...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Dec 2023
A Perth electrician has lost his electrical licences following a criminal conviction for indecent acts while working at a customer’s home. The man’s electrical worker and electrical contractor licences were cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after referral by Building and Energy. The Tribunal heard that the electrician was convicted of two indecent dealing offences involving a 13-year...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2023
The following draft standards are open for public comment: AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 Amd 2:2023 Gas installations, Part 1: General installations View the draft with latest comments and provide your feedback here: https://comment.standards.org.au/Drafts/8832df9c-7e72-4d7b-b1e7-d340ead6e754 AS/NZS 5601.2:2020 Amd 2:2023 Gas installations, Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-...
Building and Energy
Department News
18 Dec 2023
Failure to fix a defective driveway has cost a Rockingham concrete business and its directors $16,000 in fines, following prosecution by WA’s building regulator. Building and Energy’s case against Decorative Concrete Specialists Pty Ltd and directors Gerard Zomer and Paula Seager concluded at Rockingham Magistrates Court. The company and Mr Zomer did not appear and were convicted in their absence...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Dec 2023
Plumbers Licensing Board media statement A Landsdale plumber has been ordered to pay almost $3,500 in fines and costs for failing to fix a drainage leak when required, resulting in two additional inspections by the plumbing regulator. At Perth Magistrates Court on 13 November 2023, Matthew Continibali (PL9752) of Contabs Pty Ltd, trading as Outlook Plumbing , pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Dec 2023
Decorative lights, electronic gifts and DIY projects are hallmarks of the festive season, prompting WA’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, to share top tips for a safe summer. Festive lights are a popular addition to homes at this time of year, but damaged or incorrectly used lights can cause electric shocks and fires. Consumers are urged to check that lights, cords and plugs are...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2023
Incorrect identification of floors as mezzanines rather than storeys Inadequate fire safety measures for the building’s actual effective height Building surveyors’ employer at the time is deregistered WA’s Building Services Board has cautioned and fined two building surveyors for misleading conduct in connection with a Scarborough apartment development. The Board found registered building...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Building and Energy would like to inform all Western Australian registered gasfitters that Standards Australia has recently created a Gasfitters set focusing on relevant standards for gasfitters. The set of standards include: AS/NZS 5601 Gas installations Part 1 and 2 AS/NZS 1596 The storage and handling of LP Gas AS 4575 Gas appliances – Servicing of Type A appliances AS/NZS 3814 Industrial and...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Nov 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Butler plumber has been fined $5,500 for working beyond the scope of his licence and not rectifying a defective water heater that could have scalded users. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 29 September 2023, Julian Francis North (TL12335) pleaded guilty to two charges brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board. Mr North holds a plumbing tradesperson’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Nov 2023
Supervising electrician did not check apprentice’s wiring work Transposed conductors caused earthed metal objects to become live Potential for serious or even fatal injuries A Bridgetown home owner was lucky to avoid serious injury after receiving multiple electric shocks from a dangerous wiring error that a Manjimup electrician failed to detect. Licensed electrical worker Nicola Terrigno (...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Nov 2023
Electrician installed chargers near exposed lead-acid battery bank Risk of chargers igniting hydrogen produced by recharging batteries Electrician also submitted incorrect compliance documents A South West electrician has been ordered to pay $11,000 in fines and costs for a dangerous installation that could have caused a hydrogen explosion. Following prosecution by Building and Energy, the...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Oct 2023
The Building Services Board has refused to renew the building contractor registration of Boston Keys Pty Ltd (BC103204) on financial grounds. After reviewing Boston Keys’ application for registration renewal, the Board was not satisfied that the company met the financial requirements set out in the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 . The Board’s decision enables home owners with...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Oct 2023
Explosion and injury risks from portable gas appliances with butane canisters Banned in restaurants, including tabletop cooking, and indoors All portable gas cooking appliances must be approved for use in Western Australia Diners and restaurant owners are reminded that portable gas appliances powered by butane canisters cannot be used for commercial purposes, such as tabletop cooking experiences...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Oct 2023
Building work undertaken without the required permit, insurance or supervisor Five properties in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs Director fined and company now in liquidation The former director of a now-defunct Perth building company has been ordered to pay $25,000 in fines and costs for unauthorised work and inadequate oversight of five building projects. On 8 September 2023, the State...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Oct 2023
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars this month, presented by the State Government’s building regulator. Topics at the Building and Energy events include determination of wind classifications and residential timber framing audit findings. There will also be an update on the National Construction Code’s (NCC) 2022 edition and guidance on...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Oct 2023
WA’s gas safety regulator is urging AFL and NRL fans to stay off the injury list by using barbecues safely this Grand Final weekend. Building and Energy’s premier advice for safe grilling with gas includes: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, read the barbecue’s safety warnings and look for an approval badge to certify that it is authorised for sale in Australia. Check the gas cylinder for...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Sep 2023

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