Eaton contractor fined for building survey negligence

South Western Times
A South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined $3500 for negligence after their certification of a building project failed to meet industry standards.
Camera IconA South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined $3500 for negligence after their certification of a building project failed to meet industry standards.

A South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined $3500 for negligence after their certification of a building project failed to meet industry standards.

The Building Services Board found that Eaton-based building surveying contractor Jescar Pty Ltd and building surveying practitioner Richard Ruhen were negligent in carrying out a building service when they respectively issued and signed a non-compliant certificate for a Roleystone project.

The board was told that an investigation by Building and Energy found Jescar and Mr Ruhen’s certification relied on inadequate and conflicting plans and structural engineering documents.

Building and Energy also found the plans and specifications referenced in the certification of design compliance failed to show how several areas of the house and games room would comply with applicable building standards including smoke alarms, windows, waterproofing, wall cladding and roof sheeting.

Jescar was fined $2500 and Mr Ruhen $1000.

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