Martin Sawyers, chief executive for the PGDB, has advised.“To stay safe and avoid the risk, it takes one simple action – ask to sight a licence card. It states the credentials of a tradesperson and the type of work they are authorised to carry out.”
Robert Joseph, who was not a registered and licensed plumber or gasfitter and was not authorised to complete sanitary plumbing or gasfitting work, carried out bedroom and bathroom alterations in a garage at a Hastings residence.
The work included the installation of a Bosch gas hot water system, a toilet, a shower unit, a washtub sink and taps, and the installation of a sink and taps in the outside lean-to. The complainant found that work completed by Mr Joseph was substandard, and engaged a certified plumber who determined that the toilet installation was incorrect, and as a result, was leaking and experiencing backflush. A certified gasfitter engaged in checking the gas hot water system found that the work was dangerous as a result of the incorrect installation. Mr Joseph was sentenced to a $2,000 fine and was ordered to pay $130 in court costs.
“It is important for homeowners to know that plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying work undertaken by unauthorised tradespeople, not only risks their family’s health and safety – but may also invalidate their insurance policy,” Chief Executive for the PGDB, Martin Sawyers said.
The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) added: “The use of unregistered and unqualified persons to do sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainage work on an insured property may invalidate the property’s insurance cover in the event of a loss resulting from the work undertaken. Always ask to sight a tradesman’s authorisation card before work is undertaken – they are required to produce it.”
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