North Lincolnshire electrician prosecuted for unsafe work

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Lee Woodward was prosecuted at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court on Wednesday September 2 for carrying out unsafe electrical work and not complying with building regulations.

Following a joint investigation between the council’s Trading Standards and Building Control teams, Mr Woodward was successfully prosecuted for carrying out an electrical installation without being a member of a Competent Person Scheme (CPS) and left the work in an unsafe manner.

Mr Woodward, from Scunthorpe, pleaded guilty to four offences, which include:

Failing to act with professional diligence

Failing to inform the customer further building regulation applications were needed

Displaying the NICEIC trust mark when he wasn’t a member of the scheme

Failing to install an appliance in a safe manner that would prevent injury or fire

He was fined £500, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and to pay costs of £335; a total of £855.

The council is warning people to be careful when choosing tradesmen to carry out work in their homes. Not only could the work be substandard or unsafe, but it could also leave the householder liable if the work is not properly certified.

To ensure work is carried out safely, certain installations such as gas or electrical needs either to be carried out by a member of a Competent Person Scheme or to be approved by the council’s building control department.

Be wary of traders advertising through social media sites without doing any additional checks into them. You can check if a trader is qualified and registered to carry out the gas or electrical work by visiting, www.competentperson.co.uk. If they aren’t a member of a Competent Person Scheme, householders may need to make a building control application themselves before the work is carried out.

Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Let this be a warning to both customers and tradesmen. For customers; to ensure that they always check that the tradesmen they have asked to carry out work are reputable and follow building regulations. It isn’t worth taking a risk. For tradesmen; that they can’t get away with carrying out faulty work and not abiding by the law – you will eventually get caught out.

“Well done to the teams involved in investigating this case. This shows that rogue traders will be brought to justice and not get away with conning people. People put their trust in tradesmen to carry out work in their home, so it is totally unacceptable for this trust to be taken advantage of.”

What is the Competent Person Scheme?

Competent Person Schemes (CPS) were introduced by the UK Government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector.

A Competent Person must be registered with a scheme that has been approved by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Schemes authorised by the DCLG are listed on its website at Communities