Fines as dam­age done to roofs

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Jill Burgess

MAN­DURAH Homes Pty Ltd and the com­pany’s codi­rec­tor and nom­i­nated su­per­vi­sor Todd An­drew Green have each been fined $5000 by the Build­ing Ser­vices Board for fail­ing to man­age and su­per­vise a build­ing service.

The find­ings re­lated to a two-storey Halls Head prop­erty, built by Man­durah Homes be­tween 2015 and 2016.

On a windy night in July 2017, a sec­tion of the home’s tin skil­lion roof lifted off and landed at a nearby prop­erty, dam­ag­ing the roof of that house.

The Board found Man­durah Homes’ work on the skil­lion roof did not com­ply with ap­pli­ca­ble build­ing stan­dards and ap­proved plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Non-com­pli­ance in­cluded the roof’s front sec­tion failed be­low the site’s wind clas­si­fi­ca­tion rat­ing of up to 180km/h as winds that night were recorded at 81km/h, and some tie-down straps were not in­stalled. Oth­ers were spaced in­cor­rectly, tie-down rods were not in­stalled to the full height of the wall and tiedown straps, and rods and dow­els were made of gal­vanised steel, rather than stain­less steel as re­quired by the de­sign cer­tifi­cate.

The Board also de­ter­mined that Mr Green, as Man­durah Homes’ nom­i­nated su­per­vi­sor, was re­spon­si­ble for prop­erly man­ag­ing and su­per­vis­ing the com­pany’s build­ing ser­vices and en­sur­ing com­pli­ance with ap­pli­ca­ble build­ing codes and stan­dards.

The Board ac­knowl­edged Man­durah Homes’ co-oper­a­tion, ac­cep­tance of li­a­bil­ity, prompt re­me­di­a­tion work and im­ple­men­ta­tion of more ro­bust pro­ce­dures.

But it noted the com­pany’s fail­ure in this case was “sig­nif­i­cant” and that its con­duct “re­sulted in a risk of in­jury to pub­lic health and a threat to pub­lic safety as fly­ing roof de­bris had the po­ten­tial to cause harm”.

Build­ing Com­mis­sioner Ken Bowron said build­ing ser­vices providers who failed to take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously might face fines from the Build­ing Ser­vices Board or the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

“We will con­tinue to hold to ac­count and name those who put the pub­lic in­ter­est and in­tegrity of the build­ing in­dus­try at risk,’’ he said.

At the 2017 HIA Perth Hous­ing Awards, Man­durah Homes won the Cus­tom Built Homes cat­e­gory for builds be­tween $2.6 mil­lion and $4 mil­lion.

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