Major WA builders fined for faulty slab

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A HIGH profile builder has been fined $10,000 for an uneven concrete slab, causing the house to be demolished and deconstructed.

WA builder Dale Alcock Homes Pty Ltd and its nominated supervisor Dale Andrew Alcock have been fined $10,000 over a defective concrete slab at a Woodvale house.

The Building Services Board fined the company and Mr Alcock $5,000 each under WA’s building registration laws for failing to properly manage and supervise a building service.

Information revealed a Dale Alcock Homes representative was not on site when the concrete slab was poured in January 2018 which led to the faulty work.

The property owner raised concerns over the uneven slab but was reassured by the company it was satisfactory.

Widespread cracks appeared in the slab months after the building project was completed and Building and Energy conducted an investigation.

The investigation concluded the slab did not comply with approved standards with workmanship issues including using watery concrete, inadequate slab thickness and incorrect mesh positioning.

Building and Energy acting executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said the lack of oversight at a crucial stage of construction had a domino effect and significantly impacted the home owner.

“This case sends a clear message that builders must take their responsibilities seriously when it comes to properly managing and supervising their projects,” he said.

The penalty imposed by the Board took into account an agreement reached between Dale Alcock Homes and the property owner for the builder to demolish and rebuild the house at no additional cost to the client.

Dale Alcock Homes has also stated it was reviewing and strengthening its approaches to quality management and supervision.

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