A 45-year-old man from Black Duck Siding was sentenced July 19 in Corner Brook Provincial Court after pleading guilty to violations of the Public Safety Act and Electrical Regulations. The case arose as the result of an investigation by the Corner Brook Government Service Centre of Service Newfoundland and Labrador.
In December 2012, the service centre investigated electrical work on new residential developments in Black Duck Siding. The investigation identified the person responsible and two charges for an unqualified person doing electrical work were laid under the Public Safety Act.
According to Service NL, a complaint was received from a resident of Stephenville in January regarding concerns with an electrical contractor. An investigation determined that the electrical work completed was done by the same unqualified person who performed work in Black Duck Siding. That investigation resulted in one charge for an unqualified person doing electrical work under the Public Safety Act.
A plea agreement resulted in two charges, with the third charge being withdrawn. The two charges relate to an unqualified person doing electrical work under section 4(1)(a) of the Electrical Regulations and section 36(1)(a) of the Public Safety Act. The court order requires the man to pay fines totalling $1,200.
Service NL advises that every qualified electrician who is doing electrical work in the province is required to be registered with Service NL and will have a registration card containing their registration number. Information on registered contractors can be found at www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/licenses/electrical/index.html.