The case of an unregistered Queenstown sparkie is being discussed today by the Electrical Workers Regis-tration Board.
Mountain Scene last week reported sparks flying over electrician Preston Rogers-Brown – he’s not registered
and doesn’t have a practising licence.
Rogers-Brown, who’s twice narrowly failed registration exams, says he gets around those requirements by having a registered electrician sign certificates of compliance for work he performs.
The sparkie was in the dark over a complaint laid seven months ago with the EWRB, suspecting it came from a rival he’d outed for poor workmanship.
Contacted this week in Wellington, EWRB registrar John Sickels confirms concerns were raised over Rogers-Brown in March.
Sickels says he made inquiries and was satisfied another electrician was taking responsibility for Rogers-Brown’s work, as allowed in the Electricity Act.
However, he reveals the EWRB has now received what he takes to be another complaint.
He’s now asking for direction from his board and the matter is on its agenda today.
Sickels confirms the EWRB has the power to pull the plug on Rogers-Brown.
“The board has a number of avenues open to it – it can prosecute people.”
When told local sparkies who pay their annual $92 licence fee aren’t happy about competing with an unregistered electrician who doesn’t pay his dues, Sickels responds: “I can understand where they’re coming from exactly.”
Rogers-Brown sits his next registration exam on November 21.