Prosecutions

EWRB v Aaron Collings

Mr Collings was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs in the District Court in Hamilton on a charge of carrying out prescribed electrical work when not authorised. In October 2017, Mr Collings installed a number of indoor and outdoor lights at commercial premises in Hamilton. At the time, he held a trainee limited certificate which allowed him to carry out some prescribed electrical work while supervised. At the time of the offending, he was not working under supervision. The work that was carried out was faulty and electrically unsafe.

EWRB v Duncan Bennett

Mr Bennett was fined $7,650 and ordered to pay costs if $250 and court costs in the District Court in Auckland. Reparation of $1,417 was also ordered to be paid to the homeowner for remedial work that had to be carried out. Mr Bennet had pleaded guilty to seven charges under section 74 and section 162 of the Electricity Act 1992 and one charge under section 163D(1)(a) and a further charge under section 161(a)(i) of the Act.

Mr Bennett had carried out prescribed electrical work between 27 February 2015 and 8 March 2018 at an address in Auckland. He visited the property on a number of occasions. The homeowner had seen Mr Bennett’s advertisement on Facebook for heat pump installation. On 27 February 2015, the defendant installed a heat pump at the property. Following this job, the owner asked the defendant if he was a registered electrician and whether he was interested in carrying our further electrical work at her home. Mr Bennett said he was registered and returned at least seven times to carry out PEW, which included: installation of a spa pool, installation of lights, installation and relocation of power points, a heat pump service, and work on a hot water cylinder. Mr Bennet invoiced the homeowner for at least $4,000. The work was found to be deficient and electrically unsafe.