For Immediate Release - January 10, 2006

State Board Issues Enforcement Actions Against Five Plumbers

State Board Issues Enforcement Actions Against Five Plumbers

The Division of Professional Licensure and The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters ("Board") recently issued enforcement actions against five Massachusetts plumbers.

Scott Campbell of Littleton: Campbell's master and journeyman plumbing licenses were placed on probation for one year, effective September 6, 2005. In a consent agreement with the Board, Campbell admitted that he failed to obtain a permit from the Inspector of Plumbing prior to beginning a job and that he instructed an apprentice plumber to perform plumbing work, but left him unsupervised.

Christopher R. Holcomb of Marston Mills: Holcomb's journeyman plumbing license was placed on probation for one year, effective October 10, 2005. Holcomb signed a consent agreement after the Board ruled that he failed to obtain gas and plumbing permits from the town of Dennis prior to beginning work and also failed to obtain required inspections before turning on the gas to the newly-installed system.

James T. Kane of Cambridge: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Kane's apprentice plumber license. Kane's license expired on or about May 1, 2000 and had not been renewed since. In January 2004, Kane failed to obtain a plumbing permit from inspectors prior to beginning work at a home in Cambridge. Kane installed a gas heater at the site and lit it prior to obtaining a required inspection. He also failed to reimburse the customer for the faulty installation.

Curtis M. Lanciani of Malden: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Lanciani's apprentice plumber license. Lanciani, president of the Select Construction Company, was engaged in work without holding a master plumbing license and a Certificate of Plumbing Corporation from the Board. In January and February of 2004, Lanciani began a job in Hyde Park without obtaining a plumbing permit from the City of Boston. He failed to complete work at this location and did not reimburse the customer the $3,500.00 that was paid for the job. Lanciani must petition the Board if he wishes to reapply for licensure.

John A. Racana of Revere: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Racana's journeyman plumber license. During the spring of 2004, Racana engaged in plumbing work after his license had expired. Racana failed to obtain a plumbing permit from the City of Chelsea before beginning work, failed to complete the plumbing work and did not reimburse the customer for unfinished work.

The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters licenses approximately 27,800 plumbers and gas fitters throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2005, the Board received 131 complaints and resolved 109 complaints, resulting in six consent agreements, two license revocations, 18 suspensions, and the placement of six licensees on probation.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg 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 ("DPL") 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 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.