WA electrician fined $32,500 for safety breach

A Balcatta electrical company and electrical worker have been fined $32,500 in total after a prosecution by Building and Energy regarding a breach of WA's electrical licensing regulations.

The electrical worker installed a switchboard with no multiple earthed neutral (MEN) and did not carry out the required checks post-installation, leaving the property unprotected from electrical hazards for a week.

WA’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, said other failures to install MENs had cost the lives of at least two WA children in recent decades and had led to several electric shocks and close calls.

“In this case, the consequences could have been devastating if a fault had occurred while there was inadequate protection against electrocution,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.

“By law, electricians are required to undertake their own testing and verifications when they work on electrical installations. Had the electrician done his due diligence, he would have easily identified this serious defect.

“The company then falsely declared that the electrical work was checked, tested and complied with the regulations, when it obviously did not.

“There is simply no excuse for cutting corners with any area of electrical work when people’s lives are at risk.”

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