Windsor Man Convicted Of Illegal Electrical Work Advertised On Kijiji

Tuesday July 12th, 2016

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A Windsor man was sentenced on 16 charges, include doing unsafe electrical work and advertising to do electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence last week.

In 2013 the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) received information that Roberto Spada, who is not licensed to conduct electrical work for hire in Ontario, was doing electrical work at multiple locations and was advertising his electrical services on the online classified site Kijiji.

After an investigation, ESA charged Spada with two counts of leaving a hazardous electrical condition, six counts of not having an electrical contractor’s licence, 2 counts of proposing to carry out services of an electrical contractor without the necessary electrical contracting licence, and six counts of failure to apply for an electrical inspection.

Spada pleaded guilty to all charges and was placed on two years probation, is required to perform 75 hours of community service, and pay $27,085 in restitution to his victims and fines of $500.

“Just because someone runs an ad online saying they can do electrical work does not mean they legally can,” said Normand Breton, ESA’s Registrar and Director of Contractor Licensing. “Regardless of where you find someone offering electrical work, you must always verify that they are actually licensed as an electrical contractor in Ontario. That’s easy to do by checking ESA’s online directory of Licensed Electrical Contractors at esasafe.com.”

“Not only did Mr. Spada not have the required contractor’s licence, he also left unsafe situations behind,” added Breton.

In Ontario, only Licensed Electrical Contractors (LECs) are legally allowed to conduct electrical work for hire. When hiring someone to do work, homeowners and businesses are reminded to check to ensure the contractor holds all required qualifications and licenses – including an ECRA/ESA licence for electrical work – and secures all appropriate permits and inspections. Homeowners and businesses should request a copy of the ESA certificate of inspection from the contractor once the work and inspection is complete. This document is important for resale and insurance purposes, as well as peace of mind.

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