Macdonald [2020] EWRB CE22215 Final Decision

  • Complaint number: CE22215
  • EWRB number: EW138583
  • Region: Otago
  • Registration class: Distribution Line Mechanic
  • Decision date: 22 September 2020
  • Penalty: 147M(1)(f) - Fine 147Z – Publication (named in the Gazette) 147N - Cost
  • Disciplinary grounds: Section 143(b)(ii) - Serious harm carrying out PEW Section 143(a)(i) - Negligence / Incompetence - not upheld
  • Summary: The Board found the Respondent has negligently created a risk of serious harm to any person, or a risk of significant property damage, through having carried out or caused to be carried out prescribed electrical work being an offence under section 143(b)(ii) of the Act, in that, he connected the mains supply to an energy source and failed to correctly test the polarity of the phase and neutral conductors leaving it electrically unsafe. The Board ordered a fine of $2000 and costs of $225. The matter was dealt with on the basis of an agreed statement of facts.

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