September 29, 2005
The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters ("Board") has issued the following disciplinary action against seven licensees.
Michael Boucher of Windham:
Boucher agreed to six months probation of his master plumber license effective May 11, 2005. Boucher admitted that he failed to correct plumbing code violations found by the local Inspector of Plumbing and Gas Fitting. Under the terms of the consent agreement, Boucher must correct the violations within forty-five days of the effective date of the agreement or his license will be subject to a two-year probationary period.
Gerard M. Duff of West Bridgewater:
Duff agreed to a one-year probation of his master plumber license effective April 16, 2005. Duff admitted that between February 2002 and July 2003 he installed several gas dryers, gas ranges and dishwashers and failed to have his work inspected, a violation of Board rules and regulations.
Bruce E. Hadley of Westfield:
Hadley agreed to a six-month suspension followed by a two-year probation of his plumber license effective May 31, 2005. Hadley allegedly failed to oversee the installation of a gas heater and allowed an unlicensed person to complete the installation, which was not performed according to manufacturer specifications. It was also alleged that the heater was lit prior to being inspected. Prior to entering into this consent agreement, Hadley's license was revoked for five years because of his failure to attend a hearing to defend the allegations against him. The Board subsequently allowed Hadley to appeal the revocation and reduced his discipline.
Frank G. Lopez of Chelsea:
Lopez agreed to a one-year probation of his master plumber license effective April 27, 2005. Lopez admitted to failing to obtain a plumbing permit prior to beginning work and failing to obtain an inspection from the local Inspector of Plumbing after completing work.
Jay B. Oster of Woburn:
The Board issued a final decision and order by default against Oster, suspending his license for sixty days effective May 6, 2005. The Board found that Oster failed to obtain gas and plumbing permits from the Town of Woburn prior to beginning work.
Kyle Ritchie of Hubbardston:
The Board issued a final decision and order by default against Ritchie, revoking his license effective January 27, 2005. The Board alleged that Ritchie performed plumbing work without supervision by a journeyman or master plumber. Board regulations require apprentice plumbers to work under the direct supervision of a master or journeyman plumber at all times.
Raymond A. Snow of Lynnfield:
Snow agreed to a three-month probation of his plumber license effective May 25, 2005. Snow admitted that he failed to obtain a gas permit from the local Inspector of Plumbing prior to beginning work in December 2004.
The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters licenses approximately 25,400 plumbers and gas fitters throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, investigators inspected 1,150 plumbing and gas fitting establishments, checking 827 licenses.
Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.
The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.