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ESO warns rogues in electricity industry – no licence, no work!

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8 September 2020

Following successful court action recently, the Electrical Safety Office is warning rogue operators against performing electrical work without an appropriate licence.

On 17 August 2020, an injunction under Queensland’s Electrical Safety Act 2002 was obtained in the Queensland Magistrates Court directing Service2Go Pty Ltd to comply with improvement notices issued by ESO inspectors to cease conducting a business that included contracting for electrical work unless it held an electrical contractor licence. Service2Go Pty Ltd has never held an electrical contractor licence in Queensland.

According to the Head of ESO Donna Heelan this practice is downright dangerous and illegal.

“It’s a shame we have to go to court to stop these rogues putting lives at risk,” Ms Heelan said.

“However, we will do whatever is needed to shut down ‘electrical cowboys’ to ensure Queenslanders are not exposed to the risks that come with unlicensed operators.”

Investigations identified Service2Go Pty Ltd, operating through its director Mr Abbos “Adam” Ahmedov, had on numerous occasions contracted for and performed electrical work despite not holding an electrical contractor licence. Even though it had been warned to stop these unlawful activities, and issued enforcement notices the company continued to operate in breach of Queensland’s electrical licensing requirements.

In this matter, the court found the electrical safety regulator was acting as the proper guardian of public rights, with interests protective and beneficial, not private or financial. Service2Go Pty Ltd in its unlawful contracting and electrical work was adversely affecting the rights not only of licenced contractors and electricians, but consumers. Primarily this was because electrical contractors need to meet specific business and technical requirements as well as holding the appropriate insurance.

“Service2Go Pty Ltd and Mr Ahmedov operated mainly in South East Queensland and those people who used them should contact the ESO immediately,” Ms Heelan said.

“Service2Go’s reckless actions are a timely reminder to all Queenslanders to only use licensed electrical contractors for their electrical work.

“When choosing a contractor, always look for their electrical contractor licence number in any advertisement and confirm they have a current licence before agreeing to any work.

“You can check the status of the electrical contractor licence number through our licence search facilities.

“If your electrical contractor does not appear to be in the database, call the ESO on 1300 632 993.

“Those caught doing electrical work without a licence in Queensland will always face on the spot fines and possible prosecution,” she said.

Earlier this year, a Queensland concreting business and its sole director were fined $42,500 for unsafe and unlicensed electrical practices. In a separate matter, an individual was charged with nine offences relating to unlicensed electrical work and unlicensed electrical contracting and was fined $100,000.

For more information on safe electrical work, visit electricalsafety.qld.gov.au

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Media contact: oirmedia@oir.qld.gov.au or 0478 33 22 00