An electrician admitted 23 counts of breaching Building Regulations with his shoddy repairs, which Newcastle magistrates were told could have had fatal consequences.
As a result, the 47 year old time served Newcastle electrician and his company were fined a total of more than £16,000.
The electrician who had falsely claimed that his company was registered with the NICEIC, faced two seperate charges for each offence – one as a director of the electrical contracting company responsible for the electrical work and the other as the person who had completed the work. The company was not registered with any electrical competent person self-certification scheme.
Photographs of the electricians work were shown to the court, revealing the extent of the danger. Being dissatisfied with the standard of work and the failure to provide promised certification, the customer had complained to the department of Trade and Industry and then to the NICEIC, who had confirmed that the contractor was not an NICEIC approved contractor or domestic installer.
The NICEIC put the customer in touch with an approved contractor who inspected and condemned the standard of the work. As a consequence, the work was reported to Newcastle Council’s building control department.
Three of the charges related to the failure to notify the Council in advance of starting electrical work, as required by Part P. The electrician also admitted a further 20 offences of breaching the building regulations.
The company and the electrician were fined £8,050 plus costs.