For Immediate Release - November 29, 2011

Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON – November 29, 2011 – The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees:

Brian C. Perry, Fall River:  The Board imposed a $1,100 fine and a one-year stayed suspension on Perry’s license to practice as a journeyman plumber in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as his license to practice as a master plumber if he ever obtains one.  The Board and Perry entered into a consent agreement whereby Perry admitted that he operated a company called Competitive Plumbing, Inc., without a plumbing corporation license and installed plumbing at a residence in Carver with the assistance of an unlicensed individual. These violations were discovered through a complaint by the Carver Plumbing Inspector.

John F. Fairweather, Fall River:  The Board revoked all of Fairweather’s licenses to practice as a gas fitter in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board issued a final decision and order in which it held that Fairweather offered to provide gasfitting services with an expired apprentice license and failed to return a $1,870 deposit to a homeowner for whom he never did any work. These violations were brought to the Board’s attention by the homeowner.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.

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