Unlicensed electricians may be linked to tradie death
NSW Police believe an unlicensed syndicate may be linked to the death of a 24-year-old tradesman at Carlton and a house fire at Bexley, both of which occurred in Sydney’s south last year.
Officers are concerned that an unlicensed syndicate which offers clients cheap wiring and unmetered access to the electrical grid is operating across the area.
Detectives have released images of two men who may be able to assist with inquiries into hazardous electrical work being conducted across the Sydney metropolitan area.
In February 2017, emergency services were called to a house on Short Street, Carlton, following reports a tradesman had been electrocuted. NSW Ambulance paramedics attempted to revive the 24-year-old man; however, he died at the scene.
In a separate incident, emergency services were called to Carrington Street, Bexley, in September 2017, and found a single-level home well alight. Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze; however, the brick and tile house sustained significant damage. No injuries were reported.
Officers from St George Police Area Command launched investigations into both incidents, with SafeWork NSW assisting in relation to the man’s death at Carlton. St George Police Area Command’s crime manager, Detective Inspector Damian Henry, issued a warning to the public regarding the potentially unlawful and hazardous electrical works being conducted by the syndicate.
“Police believe these people are still operating in the Sydney area and we are urging the community to check the licences of any tradespeople they may wish to use.
“We hold serious concerns for the welfare of any person within properties where this type of electrical work has been conducted, as it has the potential to result in fire, serious injury or even death,” Det Insp Henry said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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