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Mr Buckle used internet videos and microwave parts to make an electrical art appliance A man was electrocuted near Katanning after touching the device Unlicensed electrical work is illegal and dangerous The tragic electric shock death of a WA man while handling a high-voltage homemade appliance is a stark reminder of the dangers of unlicensed electrical work, the State’s energy safety regulator...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Jan 2022
$27,500 fine for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order 12 instances of faulty or unsatisfactory work at a Riverton kitchen renovation Previous history of non-compliance with building and electrical laws A Perth tradesman with a history of non-compliance has been fined $27,500 for ignoring an official order to fix defective kitchen renovation work. At Perth Magistrates Court on 7...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jan 2022
Many areas of non-compliant building work including roof safety issues Disciplinary matters referred to the State Administrative Tribunal $25,000 fine for Ventura Home Group and $15,000 fine for Justayn Bean Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) and its former nominated supervisor, Justayn James Bean (BP13268), have been fined a total of $40,000 for inadequate management and supervision of eight...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2022
Several defects found in construction of a two-storey house SAT mediation concludes with a $7,500 fine for lack of supervision Building company is now in administration A former building company supervisor has accepted a $7,500 fine at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for not properly overseeing work at a Busselton house where several faults were found. Jeremy Peter Evans (BP12715) was the...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Dec 2021
Roof restorer ignored Building Commissioner’s order to rectify defects in Falcon Matter went to trial due to claims of ‘reasonable excuse’ for non-compliance Guilty verdict, $2,000 fine and $1,500 in costs A Mandurah roof restorer has been ordered to pay $3,500 in fines and costs after a court found he did not have a valid reason for disregarding an official order to fix defects. On 6 December at...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 2021
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.6% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2021 57% of authorities were up to date with their inspections, but this is a decline Most WA local governments are progressing well with inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, Building and Energy has reported...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Only use portable gas appliances in the open air due to carbon monoxide dangers Linked to five deaths in Australia in the past decade ‘Great Outdoors, Lethal Indoors’ campaign runs during summer and autumn Ahead of Western Australia’s peak camping season, a new campaign is reminding holidaymakers to always use portable gas appliances in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Dec 2021
M ultiple earthed neutral (MEN) not installed in a switchboard Mandatory testing and verification not carried out, which would have shown defects Electrician fined $7,500 and company fined $25,000 An electrician’s failure to install a key safety component and carry out mandatory tests left a property unprotected against electrical hazards for a week. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 5 November...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Nov 2021
Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Draft regulations to support Security of Payment laws released for consultation Workers and industry urged to have their say between now and January 21, 2022 New laws to protect subcontractors start on August 1, 2022 The McGowan Government is asking for feedback on draft regulations to support landmark Security of Payment reforms for subcontractors in the building and construction sector...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Nov 2021
Water Corporation would like to remind licensed plumbers that any work completed on their assets needs to be authorised by the Water Corporation. In the last few months, Water Corporation has encountered a number of situations where licensed plumbers have completed unauthorised work which can lead to a range of supply, quality and safety issues. Any work on Water Corporation assets must be...
Building and Energy
Department News
04 Nov 2021
Plumbers assessed customers’ switchboards without an electrical licence Magistrate notes offensive conduct, sales tactics and vulnerable victims Pair employed by a large Perth plumbing, gas and electrical company The “scam” conduct of two licensed plumbers who provided unqualified electrical advice was “morally offensive” as it involved vulnerable victims and sales tactics, according to a Perth...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine Boundary fence removed without neighbour’s awareness or consent Builders are reminded of their responsibilities A Landsdale registered builder has been fined $1,000 for removing a rear boundary fence at a Balga site without notifying or obtaining consent from the neighbour, who was left without a back fence for several weeks. The Building Services Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Oct 2021
Switchboard verification requirements Clause 2.10.3.2 of AS/NZS 3000:2018 (Wiring Rules) requires that all switchboards rated at 125 A per phase or greater or subject to a 10 kA fault potential or greater must comply with either AS/NZS 3439 series (now superseded) or the AS/NZS 61439:2016 series. When preparing tender submissions for electrical installations, licensed electrical contractors are...
Building and Energy
Alert
28 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with official order to rectify driveway work and damage $5,000 fine plus $368.50 in costs Magistrate noted need to deter substandard work and encourage confidence A Woodvale concreter who ignored a Building Commissioner’s order to rectify driveway work and damage has been fined $5,000 following a prosecution by Building and Energy. Thomas John Sharkey pleaded guilty to breaching...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with Building Commissioner’s order to rectify floor and windows Guilty pleas from company and director after Building and Energy investigation Gran Designs WA is no longer trading Failure to comply with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix a Stoneville modular home has cost a building company and its director almost $7,000 in fines and costs. Following a prosecution by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Oct 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine for deficient certification Some plans, specifications and technical documents did not show compliance with building standards Building surveyors are reminded of their responsibilities A registered building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading the City of Belmont by incorrectly certifying that an apartment project would comply with relevant...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2021
DC isolators are classified as Level 3 electrical equipment and must be certified and registered under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). As of the 29 September 2021, SAA Approvals has cancelled the certifications of certain DC isolators (list below). The registrations of these isolators were also cancelled from that date. Suppliers must not supply or offer for sale these...
Building and Energy
Alert
07 Oct 2021
Building & Energy and DFES urge home owners to check smoke alarm dates All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years Updated fact sheet on smoke alarm laws for selling, leasing and hiring dwellings WA’s building and fire safety authorities have joined forces to remind home owners that all smoke alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old. Building & Energy and the Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021
$136,500 building project carried out without the required registration or permit Building Services Board issued $2,500 fine for registration breach and negligence Home owners encouraged to check registration and permits before work starts Home owners are urged to check their builder’s registration and any permits before building work begins after a Cloverdale couple had to seek retrospective...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021
SAT issues $10,000 fine plus reprimand and registration cancellation Mr Morton failed to properly carry out duties required by building registration laws M3 directors and another supervisor previously fined; another associate in jail Disciplinary proceedings against a fourth person linked to M3 Building and Construction Pty Ltd (M3) have concluded at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Sep 2021
Risk of electric shock from unprotected live parts of some stage lights Prohibition notices and recalls now in place in WA and Victoria Products include AVE tri-flat RGB LED PAR; AVE PAR 64; CR Lite Slim PAR 56 LED A range of portable theatre lights sold in WA have been recalled after the State’s electrical safety regulator found they could put users at risk of electric shock. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Sep 2021
Media statement from Hon. Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA , Minister for Commerce Three-stage action plan to implement Security of Payment reform package Industry education and support to help businesses adapt to changes New laws to commence from August 1 2022 The McGowan Government has today released an action plan for implementing landmark Security of Payment reforms to improve protections for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Sep 2021
10-month-old made contact with live parts of a damaged power supply Parents urged to regularly check condition and location of electrical items RCDs do not protect against all electrical faults WA’s Director of Energy Safety is reminding parents to check the condition and location of electrical equipment at their homes after a baby was lucky to escape with only finger burns when he touched live...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Sep 2021
Certificates for three sites failed to show compliance with building standards Projects located in Attadale and White Gum Valley Deficient documents misled the City of Melville and City of Fremantle A Mount Lawley building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $6,000 for providing deficient certification documents that misled two local governments. The Building Services...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Sep 2021

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