National Electrical Contractors Association Sets Standards To Reduce Unethical Practices


National Electrical Contractors Association Sets Standards To Reduce Unethical Practices

The National Association of Electrical Contractors of Fiji says most electric house fires in Fiji occur as a result of work performed by incompetent electricians who fail to comply with the Fiji Electricity Law.

Acting Secretary-General Shaveer Abdul Aziz said they are helping contractors maintain the standards needed for the electrical works industry.

He says they will ensure that all electricians meet the criteria for a master electrician with an electrical contractor’s license.

Aziz says that when the necessary standards are maintained, there will be a reduction in unethical practices, especially the number of house fires in Fiji.

Aziz says some consumers are pushing these private electricians to engage in such illegal practices, especially in rural areas.

He says the National Association of Electrical Contractors of Fiji has received reports from customers complaining that they pay a lot of money for electrical work and later when there is a fault they find out that the electrician was not licensed.

Aziz says having a contract license allows the customer to go through the EFL process of filing the application, getting approval and getting EFL inspection for compliance and reconnecting power.

The National Association of Electrical Contractors of Fiji works in conjunction with Energy Fiji Limited to ensure that all electrical work performed by customers must be certified by EFL.

He says they are working with Energy Fiji Limited to prevent licensed legal contractors from obtaining permits for work done by private electricians which is still underway in Fiji.

Aziz says that when electricians get a cable fitter’s license, they start doing private work, which is illegal.

He says the wirers license states that the license holder must not undertake or perform electrical wiring work except as an employee of an electrical contractor, which is why the license does not allow electricians holding a cable fitter’s license to perform private work.

Aziz says unlicensed electricians are registered and the employer, who is already compliant, takes responsibility for the electrical work performed by them.

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Patricia D. Rutt