An Oakville contractor was found guilty and fined $5,750 May 26 in Burlington Provincial Offences Court, for doing electrical work that he was not licensed to perform.
Andrew Gallino, of Gallino Contracting, was found guilty on one count of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence and one count of advertising electrical services without an electrical contractor’s licence.
A homeowner hired a contractor to replace an electrical panel and rewire a basement. An ESA inspection found that the work did not meet the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, which could have resulted in a shock or a fire, and that Gallino was not licensed to do electrical work. The homeowner had to hire a licensed electrical contractor to redo the wiring, replace the panel and ensure the work was done to Code.
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The investigation also found that Gallino Contracting was advertising electrical services on many websites, despite not holding the licence to do the work.
The court imposed a total fine of $5,750 for both violations. The fine includes a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
ESA reminds consumers to do their homework before considering hiring someone to do electrical work. they suggest following the “three C’s”: check to ensure the contractor holds a valid ECRA/ESA electrical contractor licence; confirm that they are arranging the appropriate inspections from ESA; and call ESA at 1-877-372-7233 if you suspect someone is misrepresenting themselves.
If you have hired a general contractor or other companies who may subcontract work being done for you, insist that they hire a licensed electrical contractor to complete any electrical work, the ESA notes.
The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. It is 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.