Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Master Electricians Australia (MEA) today urged the Western Australian Government to take unlicensed and illegal electrical work seriously, and direct more inspection resources into deterring unsafe do-it-yourself electrical work in WA homes.

MEA state manager Anthony Mancini said the WA Government should move immediately to protect consumers by:

•               Conducting a major media campaign highlighting electrical safety and the dangers of unlicensed electrical work

•               Increasing safety switch protection to all circuits

•               Requiring mandatory point-of-sale signage to use licensed electrical contractors for electrical installations and equipment

•               Mandating electrical safety inspections when homes change hands; and

•               Establishing an electrical safety hotline for unsafe and unlicensed work to be reported.

Mr Mancini urged the State Government to channel their resources into further educating the WA public on the perils of illegal electrical work.

“Rather than spending all of their time checking and double checking the work of licensed contractors who are submitting the appropriate paper work and abiding by electrical regulations, they should be alerting the public to the dangers of DIY or illegal electrical work and following up on reported instances,” Mr Mancini said.

“This can be achieved through a number of simple tactics such as a media campaign highlighting electrical safety.

“There needs to be continued education of the WA public into the values of a Safety Certificate being received for any electrical work that has been undertaken on their homes.

“Safety switches should be installed on all circuits to prevent the risk of an electric shock should an electrical incident occur.

“With growing public awareness, WA can greatly reduce the risk of an electrical safety incident. We should be aiming for zero electrical accidents, fatalities or fires in the state.”

Mr Mancini said the WA Government needed to consider the crucial need for a review and re-allocation of their current inspection resources.

“The State Government seems to focus their inspection resources on new homes wired by licensed electrical contractors and existing installations where contractors had submitted notices for their work,” he said.

“We need to look out of the box and focus on high risk areas such as DIY electrical work where no notices are submitted.

“We urge the WA Government to put forth a requirement for mandatory signage in stores selling electrical equipment that a licensed electrical contractor must be used for any electrical installations.

“Under current legislation two safety switches are required in WA homes but internal checks are not mandatory. Creating a mandatory home point-of-sale electrical check by an electrical contractor would ensure no illegal wiring exists in the home.

“Safety checks into unapproved imported fittings would also ensure electrical compliance and prevent fires and the risk of an electric shock.

“Lastly, we ask that an electrical safety hotline with a dedicated advertised number be established where illegal wiring or electrical work can be reported and immediate advice and necessary steps can be taken to prevent a serious electrical safety injury.”

For concerns regarding unlicensed or illegal electrical work, contact Master Electricians Australia on 1300 899 198 or visit www.masterelectricians.com.au

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Jessie Badger
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