Builder fined over excavation
A LEEDERVILLE garage partially collapsed into a neighbouring property after a subcontractor dug too deep.
Danmar Homes Pty Ltd and the company’s nominated supervisor, Robert George Williams, were each fined $5000 by the Building Services Board this month for failing to manage and supervise the excavation work.
Danmar Homes started work on the $2 million apartment development in late 2016.
Site preparations included injections of grout to reinforce neighbouring boundaries ahead of excavation.
In January 2017, a Danmar Homes subcontractor using a backhoe dug half-a-metre further than the specified depth, which undermined the supports used to stabilise the side of the house next door.
This caused the neighbour’s garage parapet wall, roller door and a section of the roof to collapse into the excavated area.
Danmar Homes rectified the damage and arranged accommodation and compensation for the homeowner.
“The Leederville incident highlighted deficiencies in the company’s processes to manage and supervise building work it carried out,” Building and Energy acting executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said.
“Although the company has provided evidence that its management and quality assurance practices have since improved, this was a serious breach of the high standards of supervision expected – and legally required – from registered building service providers.
“We will continue to monitor and take action against building industry participants who do not uphold these standards, particularly when public safety could be at risk.”