Fremantle builder fined for negligence

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FREMANTLE building company D2R, and its sole director Andrzej Zubowicz, have each been fined $5000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.

The fines concerned contracts the company entered into in 2015 for the construction of four units in Joondanna, valued at $1.3 million, and a Maddington granny flat and extension.

It was determined D2R allowed the owner of the Joondanna property, and trades people directly engaged by the owner, to carry out site works under the building permit on which it was named as the registered building contractor.

It also commenced building work at the Maddington site without a valid building permit in place and demanded payment of a deposit prior to providing the owner with a valid home indemnity insurance certificate.

As its nominated supervisor, Mr Zubowicz was also culpable for the company having commenced work at the Maddington site without a valid building permit.

“As the registered building contractor, D2R was obliged to manage and supervise the building work carried out under the building permits issued in its name,” Building Commission Acting Executive Director Sandy Randall said.

“D2R’s contractual offences for the Maddington work and the fact that construction started before a building permit was issued indicates further disregard for its obligations and responsibilities under the building laws, which are in place to protect the parties to a building contract.”

The Board had previously fined Mr Zubowicz $5000 in 2013 for failing to manage and supervise work that he was the nominated supervisor for, and failing to comply with an order of the former Building Disputes Tribunal.