Cheating Chinese building suppliers provide fake safety documents for shoddy supplies

CHEATING Chinese building suppliers are forging safety certificates to get shonky products into apartment towers, a Senate inquiry has been warned.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission boss Rod Sims is demanding new laws to protect homeowners, including independent checks on buildings and materials.
Mr Sims said it was not a crime to sell dangerous goods in Australia — and declared it was only “common sense’’ to change the law.
“What about a law to say it’s illegal to sell unsafe goods — isn’t that a good idea?’’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

Some Chinese manufacturers have forged compliance certificates.

The Australian Institute of Architects warned a Senate inquiry into substandard building products that “fraudulent documents abound’’ in the construction sector and demanded third-party certification of products from independent testing laboratories.

CHEATING Chinese building suppliers are forging safety certificates to get shonky products into apartment towers, a Senate inquiry has been warned.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission boss Rod Sims is demanding new laws to protect homeowners, including independent checks on buildings and materials.
Mr Sims said it was not a crime to sell dangerous goods in Australia — and declared it was only “common sense’’ to change the law.
“What about a law to say it’s illegal to sell unsafe goods — isn’t that a good idea?’’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
The Australian Institute of Architects warned a Senate inquiry into substandard building products that “fraudulent documents abound’’ in the construction sector and demanded third-party certification of products from independent testing laboratories.

“We can’t be stepping in every time because other regulators can’t do what they’re set up to do,” he said

Mr Sims said state regulators — including the Department of Planning and the Office of Fair Trading in NSW — needed stronger enforcement powers. “They’re really working under poor laws from a time when the world was a different place,’’ he said. “The building regulators generally have no power to recall a product, some don’t have powers to order sampling or testing and some don’t have enforcement powers.’’

Mr Sims called for independent inspections to stop builders and product suppliers “self-certifying’’ on safety. “Self-certification does raise a serious risk of conflict of interest,’’ he said. The state government will review its building laws — including certification and fire inspection schemes — by the end of this year, in light of last month’s deadly Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
Mr Sims said the ACCC had no power to prosecute dodgy builders or suppliers because homes and building materials­ were not technically a “consumer good’’.
Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/cheating-chinese-building-suppliers-provide-fake-safety-documents-for-shoddy-supplies/news-story/ddd7469d059ae6eb3ddc887c36c36a4f

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Lyn says:

    Independent inspectors will need to bf able to resist the lure of dollars to approve unsafe building materials. who do we trust when we have open doors to imports which do not meet our standards and put our lives at risk.

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  2. Bay Marshall says:

    This is a matter of life and death. Those responsible have to be gaoled and for a long time.
    Bay Marshall. Tanilba Bay

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  3. Mark glasson says:

    Its fraud to sell a building that does not comply with the building contract which normally includes the building code of Australia, Australian standards and the engineers certification.
    The fraud needs to be followed back up the supply line to determine where the deception took place and who is responsible.
    Those responsible should be made to pay for rectifying the problem and a substantial fine and be locked up if a deliberate act.

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