A building company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $45,000 after their negligence contributed to the roof of one of their West Australian houses blowing off and another being damaged during a storm.

Both buildings were damaged due to roof uplift during a storm south of Perth in June 2012, with parts of one roof found in a neighbouring yard.

The Building Services Board found Danmar Homes failed to comply with engineering details in the approved plans for the construction of the two double-storey brick and steel roofed dwellings in Singleton between 2008 and 2011.

The State Administrative Tribunal fined Danmar Homes $30,000 plus costs of $1500, while supervisor Robert George Williams was fined $15,000.

Building Commissioner Peter Gow said the negligence resulted in significant risk to the public.

“Flying roof debris may have struck and seriously injured or killed residents and damaged property, especially with the storm having occurred during daylight hours,” he said.

Repairs to both properties are covered by the owners’ insurance, and in one case the insurer is recovering its costs from the builder having reached an out-of-court settlement.

Danmar Homes was previously fined $2500 for negligence and incompetence in 2002 and $7000 for negligence in 2003 for failing to ensure a building licence was obtained before work began.

Williams was also fined $500 over the 2002 case.

  • Thanks Gordon for pointing out the fact that negligence exists… and that there are repeat offenders.

    It was also obviously negligent of the certifying building inspector who passed the structure… but ho got off Scot-free it seems.

    It may interest you to know that considerable negligence occurs on most building sites at least in Victoria: but I don't see why it would differ much all over Australia. Why it isn't penalised more may be because of the largely untested laws associated with negligence (10 year rule in VIC). There is also a gross lack of proper definitions and a general lack of care it seems.

    It is the duty of every building, supervisor, certifying building inspector and checking building consultant, to find defects in house structures, and for all but the certifying building inspector… all other reasonably accessible defects.

    And yet, in over 400 new houses that I inspected, I found many defects including structural ones in every case… and missed by all of these people involved.

    There really has to be something done about this ASAP

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