Unauthorised PEW Results in Prosecution

In April 2016 three Downer NZ Ltd employees were sent to replace a broken street light pole in Manukau.

In the course of replacing the pole, the crew performed prescribed electrical work by installing and connecting the supply conductor to the replacement light fitting.

A compliance auditor arrived on site and noticed that the crew was performing unauthorised PEW – the appropriately qualified member of the crew was absent on the day this work was carried out.

Downer pleaded guilty to one charge of doing unauthorised PEW. They were fined $4,500 and ordered to pay Court costs of $130 per charge and solicitor’s costs of $226.