05/11/2019 - 15:18

Perth building surveyors fined $35,000

05/11/2019 - 15:18

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Building surveying company Resolve Group and its two directors have been fined a total $35,000 for negligence after signing off on three buildings that failed to meet fire safety requirements.

Perth building surveyors fined $35,000
Building and Energy's Saj Abdoolakhan says the fines reflect the seriousness of the missing and incorrect compliance details.

Building surveying company Resolve Group and its two directors have been fined a total $35,000 for negligence after signing off on three buildings that failed to meet fire safety requirements.

Applecross-based Resolve Group was issued with a $15,000 fine at the State Administrative Tribunal last month, while surveying practitioners Scott Roberts and Kieran Hunt were ordered to pay $12,500 and $7,500 respectively, on top of $3,000 in costs.

Building and Energy (a division of the state government's Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety) said Resolve had signed off works on an $11 million East Perth apartment block, a two-storey home in Fremantle and on a $1.1 million apartment development in Belmont.

It argued fire-stopping materials were absent or incorrect at the East Perth building, while seven windows at the Belmont complex lacked necessary protection.

Building and Energy also said the first-floor external walls at the Fremantle home lacked performance-based or alternative solutions on fire protection.

The tribunal concluded the finished buildings did not meet applicable building standards.

Building and Energy executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said the fines reflected the seriousness of the missing and incorrect compliance details.

“The relevant local government permit authorities are aware of the situation at these buildings and have legislated powers to enforce building standards,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.

“The building surveyors involved acknowledge their negligence and have committed to improving their practices.

“We will continue to take action against building industry participants who do not meet their obligations, particularly when their actions can jeopardise community safety.”

Last year, Building and Energy took action against building practitioner Rodney Obeid for failing to properly manage and supervise work at the same East Perth complex.

Business News sought to contact Resolve Group for comment.

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