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ACCREDITED BUILDER PROSECUTED


Anthony Jon Wheaton was fined $4000 (with court costs of $29.04) in the Hobart Magistrate's Court
on 31 January 2007, on one charge of failing to hold an electrical contractors licence contrary to the
Electricity Industry Safety and Administration Act 1997, between 1 October 2004 and 26 May 2005.
The hearing revolved around renovations Mr Wheaton was conducting at the Black Prince Hotel and
Ramsdale Pharmacy, both on Elizabeth Street in Hobart.
Magistrate Willee convicted Mr Wheaton (of Roslyn Avenue Kingston, born 15 January 1948) after Mr
Wheaton had denied the charge, given evidence and made submissions to the court.
The prosecution called four witnesses:- Craig Burgess (of Joe Kiss Electrical), Michael Searle of Aurora
Energy Pty. Ltd., Michael Ramsdale (the owner of one premises) and Tony Millhouse of Electricity
Standards and Safety.
Electricity Standards and Safety thanks Messrs Burgess, Searle and Ramsdale for their assistance and
support in this regard.
As Mr Wheaton is an accredited building practitioner under the Building Act 2000 the Director of Building
Control has been informed of the prosecution to determine whether any action should be taken regarding
his accreditation status.
2. ELECTROCUTION RESULTING FROM CONTACT WITH A LIVE
SPLIT CONDUIT
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) issued the following message on 22 January 2007, ESV seeks the support
of the electrical industry RECs, LEIWs and LEIs to raise the awareness of property owners and
other trades people to the dangers of electrical metallic split conduits which can be found in many older
properties across the State.
It is ESVs view that due to age and possible modifications over the years, some split conduits have lost
their earthing continuity and become live.
Electricity Standards and Safety (ESS) hold the same view and have the same message for the Tasmanian
electrical industry electricians and electrical contractors.
The ESV warning follows the death of a man while reblocking a house in Hawthorn in early January.
He was working in the subfloor area directly beneath the lounge room when a metal tool he was using
contacted a metal conduit that was live. It was the third fatality to be recorded in Victoria over the past
few years involving live split conduits, and raises some very serious questions about the condition of
ageing conduits still existing in many properties and what can be done to get them replaced.
The electrical industry is urged to encourage owners to re-wire their properties if the split conduits are
showing any signs of deterioration. At the very least they should be urged to install safety switches as a
stopgap measure until the re-wiring can take place.
The same warnings apply to a whole range of tradespeople such as plumbers, gas fitters, building
workers, air conditioning and security alarm installers, reblockers and home renovators to be extremely
cautious if and when they encounter these conduits while going about their work.
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For The ATTenTion oF All elecTricAl Workers
Electricity Industry Bulletin No: 64 March 2007
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ESSs advice to them is not to touch the conduits and
to arrange for a licensed electrical contractor to carry
out appropriate tests to ensure they are not live before
work starts. They should also advise their customers of
the existence of the conduits and the danger they pose.
For these other trades, the use of voltage meters is not
recommended as the sole method to determine whether the
conduits are live or not.
This incident is very similar to electrocutions in Tasmania
over past years, the result of inadvertent contact with a
live section of metal conduit.
In one previous instance, an electrician was installing data
cabling when he contacted a section of conduit which was
not earthed and had become live when the insulation of
the cables enclosed in a wall box attached to the conduit
had been pierced by the fixing screw of a switch plate.
In the other incident, a plumber contacted a live
conduit when working in the ceiling space of a
commercial premises.
And in another live contact in a roof space, an
electrician contacted exposed live parts in a junction box
where the cover was missing.
Warnings about the dangers of live electrical metallic
conduits were issued by ESS following each fatality.
The method of installing single insulated cables in a metal
conduit can still be found in many older homes in the
State. It was phased out in the 1950s. The conduits were
manufactured of mild steel, formed almost into a complete
circle without the seam being joined. The conduit was then
painted black.
Conduit fittings include elbows, tees, junction boxes and
couplings are connected to the conduit by clamping.
These conduit systems were designed to enclose single
insulated cables and were required to be earthed. The
original earthing continuity is dependent on paint being
removed from the ends of the conduit prior to the conduit
being inserted into the fittings and that the screws on the
fittings are adequately tightened.
Unfortunately, as has become all too apparent, earthing
continuity can be lost in the long term through deterioration
or modification.
For further information contact Electricity Standards and
Safety on (03) 6233 7831, Workplace Standards Tasmania
Helpline on 1300 366 322 or email wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au.
3. MEN CONNECTIONS - WHERE AND HOW
This article has been run previously in the bulletin. Recent
events reminds us of the importance of the earthing system and
the MEN connection, hence we have featured the article again.
The objective of earthing is to provide protection for
persons against electric shock. An effective earthing system
ensures that fault currents resulting from an electrical fault
within equipment or installation will operate protective
devices such as fuses and circuit breakers. Activation of the
protective device must occur in a time that will reduce any
potential rise on the earthing system to below touch voltage
The MEN system of earthing is widely accepted for its
effectiveness as it combines:
the earthing provided by the supply authoritys
distribution system, where the LV neutral conductor
is earthed at its source, the star point of transformer
and other points on the supply system (hence the term
multiple earthed neutral), and
the earthing provided at the consumers installation via
the earth stake and water pipe which is connected to
the supply main neutral conductor, through the MEN
connection point at the main switchboard.
Where a switchboard is installed for a separate installation
(ie outbuildings, detached or fire isolated) particular attention
must be given to the earthing and MEN connection.
Investigation of recent serious electrical accidents found
unsatisfactory earthing to be a contributing factor.
Inspections of electrical installations commonly find the
MEN connection and/or the method of earthing is incorrect.
Confusion still appears to exist over when and when not to
connect the earthing conductor to the neutral conductor.
An illustration of a typical installation MEN system is
shown on the following page.
ASSUME NOTHING
TEST EVERYTHING
Electricity Industry Bulletin 64 March 2007 Page 3
See separate Power Point attachment for inclusion as page 3.
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For further recalls and precise product information, defect details and consumer
action, visit the Product Recalls Australia website at www.recalls.gov.au
Electricity Industry Bulletin 64 March 2007 Page 4
Electricity Standards and Safety
Office 30 Gordons Hill Road, (PO Box 56) Telephone: (03) 6233 7831
Rosny Park, Tasmania, 7018 Facsimile: (03) 6233 8338
E-mail: wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au Website: www.wst.tas.gov.au/electricity
4. NEW LICENCE HOLDERS
Electricity Standards and Safety have
recently licensed the following people
to work as electricians in Tasmania.
A majority of these electricians are
recently graduated apprentices, we
extend to them our congratulations.
Licence
Number Name
A7280 Joshua Tierney
A7281 Nevin Garry Lenk
A7282 Jason Avon Forbes
A7283 Michael Tregenza
A7284 Andrew Eric Fogarty
A7285 Matthew Dance
A7286 Scott James Johnson
A7287 Mark Andrew King
A7288 Allan Vincent Thompson
A7289 Leigh Dale Richards
A7290 Trent Nicholas Gannon
A7291 Gregory Alan Essex
A7292 Craig Anthony Hawke
A7293 Bernard William Bruce
A7294 Samuel Haugland
A7295 Nick Blackberry
A7296 James Neil Howard
A7297 Travis Daniel Preece
A7298 Scott Daniel Bester
A7299 Simon John Deegan
A7300 Robert William Tuxworth
A7301 Matthew James West
A7302 Paul Kevin Chopping
A7303 Dale Kerrin Eder
A7304 Nathan Donald Abrahams
A7305 Rodney Maxwell Mills
5. FREE! ELECTRICAL SAFETY TV
COMMERCIALS ON DVD
Electricity Standards and Safety have a limited supply of
copies of the DVDs to provide to electrical contractors,
free of charge. Topics
covered include installing
safety switches and using
licensed electrical workers.
Contractors interested in
receiving a copy of the
DVD please contact Jenny
Cashin on 03 6233 7851.
Electricity Industry Bulletin No: 64 - March 2007 Page 4
Department of Justice
Electricity Standards and Safety
Office: 30 Gordons Hill Road (PO Box 56) Telephone: (03) 6233 7831
Rosny Park, Tasmania, 7018 Facsimile: (03) 6233 8338
E-mail: wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au Website: www.wst.tas.gov.au/electricity
For further recalls and precise product information, defect details and consumer
action, visit the Product Recalls Australia website at www.recalls.gov.au
4. NEW LICENCE HOLDERS
Electricity Standards and Safety
have recently licensed the
following people to work
as electricians in Tasmania.
A majority of these electricians
are recently graduated apprentices.
We extend to them our congratulations.
Licence
Number Name
A7280 Joshua Tierney
A7281 Nevin Garry Lenk
A7282 Jason Avon Forbes
A7283 Michael Tregenza
A7284 Andrew Eric Fogarty
A7285 Matthew Dance
A7286 Scott James Johnson
A7287 Mark Andrew King
A7288 Allan Vincent Thompson
A7289 Leigh Dale Richards
A7290 Trent Nicholas Gannon
A7291 Gregory Alan Essex
A7292 Craig Anthony Hawke
A7293 Bernard William Bruce
A7294 Samuel Haugland
A7295 Nick Blackberry
A7296 James Neil Howard
A7297 Travis Daniel Preece
A7298 Scott Daniel Bester
A7299 Simon John Deegan
A7300 Robert William Tuxworth
A7301 Matthew James West
A7302 Paul Kevin Chopping
A7303 Dale Kerrin Eder
A7304 Nathan Donald Abrahams
A7305 Rodney Maxwell Mills
5. FREE ! ELECTRICAL SAFETY TV COMMERCIALS
ON DVD
Electricity Standards and Safety have a limited supply
of copies of the DVDs to provide to electrical con-
tractors, free of charge.
Topics covered include installing safety switches and
using licensed electrical workers.
Contractors interested in
receiving a copy of the
DVD please contact
Jenny Cashin on
03 6233 7851.
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x NIGHT LIGHT CARTOON
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x CHRISTMAS MAGIC 10M CONNECTABLE ROPELIGHTS
x MIELE S5980 & REVOLUTION POWER PLUS 5000 VACUUM CLEANERS
x MATCHMASTER PLUG IN TV SIGNAL AMPLIFIER
x TECO PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER
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x MIST BLOWER FANS ( Supplied by HARDI Australia Pty Ltd)
x DAIKIN INVERTED SPLIT SYSTEM AIR CONDITIONER OUTDOOR UNITS
x ECHO PORT GLASS DOOR COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATOR RANGE
x MATCHMASTER PLUG IN TV SIGNAL AMPLIFIER
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