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More Part P Prosecutions

More Part P Prosecutions

1st October 2007

Earlier this year, Local Authorities prosecuted three more contractors for failing to comply with the electrical safety requirements of the Building Regulations for England and Wales.

In one case in March, a builder was fined £25,000 plus costs when Rochdale Council’s Building Control Service took legal action because of the risk his electrical work could pose to the public.

Before taking him to court, the service had offered the builder the opportunity to put the work right, but he failed to do so.

He was found guilty of five breaches of building regulations relating to electrical installation work carried out in a house. A number of the breaches were for dangerous work. One was for damage to the cover of the main electrical supply, leaving access to live wires.

The builder appealed against the size of the fine but, when he failed to attend the appeal hearing in May, the appeal was dismissed and he was ordered to pay a further £3,700 towards the Council’s costs.

In another case in April, an electrician was prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council for contravening Building Regulations when rewiring a property.

The owner of the property requested the Council’s Building Control Officers to investigate when he became concerned that the rewiring work might not be safe.

A competent person employed by the Council found a number of significant deficiencies in the work, which resulted in the prosecution.

The electrician pleaded not guilty to failing to carry out the works such that the design, installation, inspection and testing was of a standard that would protect others from fire or injury.

He was found guilty at Harlow Magistrates’ Court of failing to carry out electrical work to the standard required by the Building Regulations and was fined £3,500.

At an earlier hearing, the electrician had pleaded guilty to two other offences of not making a Building Regulations Application to the Council prior to commencement of the work, and not giving the Council the required 48 hours’ notice prior to its commencement.

He was fined £500 for each of these offences and was also ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £1,400.

In the third case in July, a kitchen installation firm was fined £3,000 for sub-standard electrical work carried out in a Staffordshire home last November. The firm had claimed to be registered with a competent person scheme, but this was found to be untrue when Stafford Borough Council investigated a complaint about the standard of the work.