Plumber in hot water over incomplete work – Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643)

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A Perth plumber has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board for failing to comply with a rectification notice about drainage and infrastructure issues at a Belmont development.

Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643), the sole director of Redback Contractors Pty Ltd, was subcontracted to provide plumbing and gas services during construction of the seven-unit complex in 2016 and 2017.

Occupants later discovered that the property’s main drain had an insufficient grade to allow correct discharge to the main sewer.

A subsequent site inspection by plumbing inspectors from Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission) found additional non-compliant items relating to the drainage system, including insufficient overflow relief and an incorrectly located inspection shaft.

A rectification notice was issued for Mr O’Neill to address these concerns. While Mr O’Neill did take action on some issues, he failed to rectify others as required by the notice.

At last month’s Plumbers Licensing Board meeting, Mr O’Neill was fined $1,000 for failing to comply with the rectification notice, which is a requirement of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron welcomed the Board’s decision.

“Issues with key infrastructure, such as the property’s main drain, have understandably affected the residents and could have further impacts if not rectified,” he said.

“While this is the first time Mr O’Neill has been subject to a compliance action, it is vital that all building service providers meet their obligations, including complying with official orders.

“We will continue to hold to account those who put the public interest and integrity of the building industry at risk.”

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Media contact:

Sarah Roberts – 0466 409 828 or bemedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
23 Oct 2018

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