Public warned of illegal plumbing and gasfitting operator

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The Building Commission, EnergySafety and Consumer Protection are warning the public to be cautious of dealing with Kinross man Hajir Mobin, trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, who may be continuing to carry out illegal plumbing and gasfitting work despite being successfully prosecuted three times.

Mr Mobin does not hold the plumbing licence and gasfitting permit required to carry out plumbing or gasfitting work in Western Australia.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said carrying out unauthorised plumbing and gasfitting work was a dangerous business and the public should avoid any dealings with Mr Mobin.

“If plumbing or gasfitting work is done incorrectly it can result in the failure of plumbing and gas equipment or systems, which can compromise public health and safety and result in property damage, disease, injury or even death,” Mr Gow said.

“We advise the public to avoid engaging Mr Mobin to carry out plumbing and gasfitting work.”

Mr Mobin was successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner in July 2015 after pleading guilty in writing to two charges of carrying out plumbing work contrary to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000. The Perth Magistrates Court ordered Mr Mobin to pay fines of $5,000 and costs of $710.

This was not the first time Mr Mobin had been convicted of licensing offences. In 2009, Mr Mobin was prosecuted by EnergySafety for unlicensed gasfitting and fined $24,000. That year he was also prosecuted by Consumer Protection for falsely advertising that he was a licensed plumber in which he used several licence numbers that did not belong to him, and fined $10,800.

Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said consumers can protect themselves from unlicensed operators by checking their licence is valid.

“Before engaging the services of a plumber, consumers should conduct a free online licence search on the Building Commission website or phone 1300 489 099. If gasfitting work is required, they should check the person has a gasfitting permit on the EnergySafety website,” Mr Bowron said. “The websites can be accessed at www.commerce.wa.gov.au.”

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe said consumers who engaged the services of an unlicensed plumber or gasfitter risked being ripped off or left with substandard and dangerous work.

“The licensing system is an important protection for consumers – it ensures that a person with the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience is entitled to carry out work according to the appropriate standards,” Mr Newcombe said. “If your plumber or gasfitter is not licensed, our advice is you should show them the door.”

Mr Mobin is known to represent himself as ‘Danny’ and advertise his services in the local paper under the trading name ‘Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services’.

Anyone with information or engaged in any dealings with Mr Mobin in relation to plumbing and gasfitting work is asked to contact the relevant authority. For plumbing matters, contact the Building Commission on 1300 489 099 or bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au. For gasfitting matters, contact EnergySafety on 6251 1900 or energysafety@commerce.wa.gov.au. Matters relating to Australian Consumer Law can be reported to Consumer Protection on 1300 304 054 or consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au.

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The Building Commission, EnergySafety and Consumer Protection are divisions of the Department of Commerce.

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Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
13 Aug 2015

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