Prosecution - EWRB v Zou

The Board laid a charge against Mr Zou, director of Airon Ltd, after receiving a complaint about electrical work that he had carried out involving the installation of heat pumps. One of three heat pumps installed by Mr Zou at a property in Murrays Bay, Auckland was incorrectly installed with the wires exposed causing the unit to short circuit. While Mr Zou’s business sold and installed heat pumps, he was not licenced to carry out their electrical connection.

Judge Sinclair imposed a fine of $2,500 in the North Shore District Court after agreeing with the Board’s submission that any fine imposed must be a sufficient deterrent to ensure that performing unauthorised electrical work is not profitable.