Following successful court action recently, the Electrical Safety Office is warning rogue operators against contracting for and performing electrical work without appropriate licences.
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 never held an electrical contractor licence in Queensland.
According to the Head of ESO Donna Heelan this practice is not only illegal but can cause all sorts of problems.
“It’s a shame we have to go to court to stop these rogues making things difficult for consumers and competing unfairly with licensed electricians,” Ms Heelan said.
“However, we will do whatever is needed to shut down ‘electrical cowboys’ to ensure Queenslanders are not exposed to any risks that come with unlicensed operators.
“It’s more likely that unlicensed operators won’t do the work properly and consumers can face risk from shock through to fire. Beyond unlicensed contracting, this is what the ESO is intent on avoiding.”
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 was warned to stop these unlawful activities, and was 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 operated mainly in South East Queensland and those people who used it should contact the ESO immediately,” Ms Heelan said.
“Service2Go’s 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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