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Old 03-27-2019, 08:50 PM   #1
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Unlicensed Contractor Ordered to Pay $25,000

Mike HoltElectrical safety is our key concern and I'm always looking out for information that will help keep the industry safe. The following article was brought to my attention and I felt it was worth passing along. I hope you find it has value.


In Ontario, Canada, the owner and operator of M.J. Contstruction pleaded guilty and was convicted for conducting unsafe electrical work without an electrical contractor's license.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reports that Leonard Sankar pleaded guilty to 13 charges in total, including multiple counts of working without an electrical contractor's licence and not taking out an electrical permit. He also pleaded guilty to one count of unsafe electrical condition where a live wire was left hanging in the basement of a home. If someone had touched the exposed wires, they could have received a fatal shock.

Subsequent to charges being laid, but before the guilty plea, M J Construction hired a licensed electrical contractor to go to all of the locations flagged by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) so the electrical work could be corrected of any defects. This was done at most of the addresses and was done at the expense of M J Construction.

It should be noted that Derek Sankar, manager of M J Construction, was convicted before on June 20, 2017 of doing electrical work without an electrical contractor's licence, for failing to apply for inspection and for unsafe electrical conditions. Much of the electrical work M J Construction did at the time was found to be non-compliant with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code; there were numerous defects in the electrical work.

"Illegal electrical work puts Ontario residents at serious risk of injury," says Joel Moody, Chief Public Safety Officer, ESA. "Electrical work is hazardous and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor with the expertise, equipment and training to do the job safely."

"Electrical safety is a shared responsibility among contractors, homeowners and the public," adds Normand Breton, Registrar and Director of Contractor Licensing, ESA. "We all need to do our part and comply with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and the associated regulations. The laws for conducting electrical work in Ontario are very clear: any business that offers or performs electrical work must be licensed by ESA. Mr. Sankar broke the law and the conviction demonstrates how seriously we, and the Courts, take such matters."

Hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor When hiring someone to do work, homeowners and businesses are reminded to:

Ensure the contractor holds all required qualifications and licences – including an ECRA/ESA
licence for electrical work. You should also ask for their references.
Check that the contractor has secured all appropriate permits and inspections.
Advise the contractor that you expect a copy of the ESA Certificate of Inspection from them once the electrical work is complete.
To verify or find a Licensed Electrical Contractor, visit findacontractor.esasafe.com.

About the Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority's (ESA's) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province. More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at esasafe.com, through Twitter and on Facebook. ESA's Customer Service Centre can be reached at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).
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They should have fined the homeowner an equal amount for allowing a GC to work on electrical stuff on their premises. I cannot count the times I have run across homeowners who complain that electricians charge too much and therefore they let hack handymen get into the electrical and mess it all up, so I have to come fix it. I charge em double when I hear this crap come out of their mouths.
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I finished off a basement for a "friend" after she brought in a cheap electrician. She kicked him off site when she asked him about a nicked switch leg that had bare copper showing, in his best accent he said" that's ok, I'll put some tape on it" She wanted cheap and I had to come in and tare out half of what he put in. It wasn't cheap by the time I got finished.


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They should have fined the homeowner an equal amount for allowing a GC to work on electrical stuff on their premises. I cannot count the times I have run across homeowners who complain that electricians charge too much and therefore they let hack handymen get into the electrical and mess it all up, so I have to come fix it. I charge em double when I hear this crap come out of their mouths.
Agreed!

If they didn't hire hacks there would be far fewer of them.
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WoW !!!

Having that piece of toilet paper with the little writing on it would have come in handy there
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I enjoy reading through these convictions in the ESA newsletter; always a good reminder of why it’s important to do things right and play by the rules.

But what I’ve always wondered is, what’s the deal with the “victim surcharge” they often add to the fine amount, and who does that go to? Is a homeowner who hired an unlicensed hack because they’re cheaper considered to be the ‘victim’? I sure hope not.
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I enjoy reading through these convictions in the ESA newsletter; always a good reminder of why it’s important to do things right and play by the rules.

But what I’ve always wondered is, what’s the deal with the “victim surcharge” they often add to the fine amount, and who does that go to? Is a homeowner who hired an unlicensed hack because they’re cheaper considered to be the ‘victim’? I sure hope not.

I would think the money if court imposed fine goes to victims of crime It does here in BC a homeowner wouldn't get it for bad renos
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The Electrical Safety Authority's (ESA's) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario.
They say this with a straight face.
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