Safety concerns: ABC reporter Hamish Fitzsimmons inspects his fuse box, where the fire began. Picture: Chris Scott Herald Sun
AN electrician has been charged after a woman suffered an electric shock from her newly installed smart meter.
Energy Safe Victoria charged electrician Nileshkumar Patel, of Ormond, with installing an unsafe smart meter.
If the offence is proved, he could face a fine of up to $30,000.
Christine McIntosh, of Highett, suffered a shock in January last year as she watered her garden.
Premier Ted Baillieu again defended the smart meters yesterday after an ABC reporter’s Northcote house was damaged by fire early on Sunday morning.
Hamish Fitzsimmons, of Lateline, was away with his two children. His wife put out the fire, which started in the fuse box.
Fitzsimmons said a CitiPower inspector denied responsibility and the smart meter was taken away.
An MFB investigation found the meter did not cause the fire, but Fitzsimmons said more widespread inspections of installed meters were needed.
Quizzed on the ABC, Mr Baillieu said he was confident the meters were safe.
Listen to this interview where the Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu answers questions from Jon Faine on the safety of Smart Meters http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/01/31/3419277.htm?site=melbourne
Man charged over smart meter shock – 3AW
Posted by: 3AW Radio | 31 January, 2012 – 1:20 PM
An electrician has been charged over the installation of a smart meter which caused a woman to receive an electric shock.
The woman from Highett sufferred the shock when she tried to water her garden in March last year.
Energy Safe Victoria Director, Paul Fearon, says the man faces up to $30,000 in fines for the faulty work.
The matter is listed for mention in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in March.
Listen to the interview where Paul Fearon speaks to Neil Mitchell about the case via Man charged over smart meter shock.