Recent prosecutions for unsafe electrical installations and inaccurate compliance notices have prompted Building and Energy to remind electricians about the importance of checking and testing their work.
Under the State’s Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991, electrical installing work must be performed in accordance with the Wiring Rules. Section 8.3 of the Wiring Rules outlines mandatory testing requirements and references AS/NZS 3017, which sets out common testing methods.
“While most industry participants take their obligations seriously, recent cases have shown the potentially fatal consequences of not properly checking and testing electrical work,” WA’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, said.
“In all these cases, had the required processes had been followed they would have quickly revealed the electricians’ errors or defective work before people were put at risk.”
Notifiable electrical work must be accompanied by a notice of completion (NOC), which includes a declaration (by the electrical worker and the nominee of the electrical contractor) that the work has been checked and tested and found to comply with the Regulations.
“Electrical contractors should take note of the significant penalties for false declarations and ensure they have robust processes in place to be confident about compliance before certifying the NOC,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.
Recent cases prosecuted by Building and Energy include:
“Industry participants are expected to uphold the safety responsibilities and community trust that come with their licences,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.
“Most checks and tests take a few minutes – and they save lives. There is simply no excuse for cutting corners with any area of electrical work. The consequences could be deadly.”