Further prosecutions of unlicensed electrical workers

On: 4 August 2014

A man who carried out non-authorised prescribed electrical work is the latest person to be convicted and fined under the Electricity Act 1992.

This brings the number of prosecutions brought by the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) to 16 over the past 12 months.

EWRB Registrar John Sickels says on the 15th of July, a Milford man pleaded guilty in the North Shore District Court to the charge of carrying out work requiring a certificate of compliance. The defendant was not in a position to issue a certificate of compliance for the work as he was not a licensed electrician.

“The charges related to the installation of four LED lights, a 16 amp heater, extractor fan, towel rail, power point and wiring to accommodate a hot water cylinder during the routine renovation of a bathroom. The fact that the defendant was not licensed to carry out the work was discovered on further investigation (at the request of the owner) into the poor quality of the work.”

The man was fined $1500 and ordered to pay court costs and solicitor’s costs.

This latest conviction follows another prosecution in the Wellington District Court recently, where two men, one from Johnsonville, the other from Newlands pleaded guilty to performing unauthorised prescribed electrical work, under the Electricity Act 1992 on a Newlands rental property, which was tenanted by one of them.

John Sickels says, “Both men were involved in performing unauthorised electrical work at the Newlands home. This work involved connecting power to a garage, installing an outside light and replacing a new sensor light with a second-hand one. The Johnsonville man was fined $2,500 and ordered to pay solicitor’s fees. The Newlands man was fined $600 and ordered to pay court costs and solicitor’s costs.”

The EWRB was established in 1992 and is responsible for the ongoing competency of more than 30,000 registered electrical and electronic workers in New Zealand.

John Sickels says, “The role of the EWRB is to help keep consumers safe and ensure that high quality electrical work is being carried out across New Zealand.  I cannot stress how important it is for people to ask upfront to see an electrical workers practising licence, to ask if the work they are doing for you requires certification, and to make sure you get the certification if it is needed.”

He says, “If you are unsure of what you should be looking for when you employ an electrical worker, the EWRB’s website contains everything consumers need to know about what electrical work can be done by a non-professional and what needs to be carried out by a licensed electrical worker.”

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