Thornlie plumber suspended and fined
Thornlie man Kim Godfrey (PL986 – suspended) has been fined and had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
In a settlement finalised on 3 September 2015, Mr Godfrey admitted to fraudulent conduct in relation to the carrying out of plumbing work and failure to provide general direction and control over the carrying out of plumbing work by the holder of a tradesperson’s licence. Both are disciplinary matters under the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.
Mr Godfrey’s plumbing contractor’s licence was suspended for two years and he was ordered to pay the Board a $5,000 fine and costs of $975. The SAT ordered that upon payment of the appropriate fee, Mr Godfrey be granted a plumbing tradesperson’s licence for the duration of the suspension. This will allow him to work under the supervision of a licenced plumbing contractor.
The SAT heard that in August 2010, Mr Godfrey entered into an arrangement with Roy Keith Perkins, director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, under which he would receive regular payments to sign the Notice of Intention and Certificate of Compliance documents in relation to plumbing work carried out by the company. This is commonly known as licence lending.
During the next two years, the company carried out plumbing work on at least 28 residential and commercial projects in locations including Doubleview, Duncraig, Ellenbrook, Gingin, Hamersley, Heathridge, Innaloo, Karrinyup, Midland, Midvale, Mount Helena, Mullaloo, Mundaring, Ocean Reef, Parkerville, Swanbourne, Two Rocks, West Swan and Wickham.
While Mr Godfrey’s signing of the notices and certificates represented to the PLB that he proposed to carry out the plumbing work, he did not carry out or exercise general direction or control over the carrying out of the plumbing work as required by the Regulations.
“By signing the notices, Mr Godfrey recklessly represented that the plumbing work complied with the Regulations, when he was not in a position at any time to know or even reasonably believe that this was the case,” PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM said.
“Mr Godfrey’s actions put public safety at risk because if plumbing work is done incorrectly it can cause the failure of plumbing equipment or systems and result in property damage, disease, injury or even death.
“We expect to be able to trust our licensed plumbers to do the right thing and the Plumbers Licensing Board, through the Building Commission, will continue to hold to account and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the plumbing industry at risk.”
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