Builder fined over ex­ca­va­tion

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - NEWS -

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.”

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