Detectives have released images of two men who may be able to assist with inquiries into hazardous electrical work being conducted across the Sydney metropolitan area, NSW Police say.
Police would like to speak with anyone who can help identify any possible locations where such electrical work has taken place or has been conducted.
Officers are concerned that an unlicensed syndicate is operating across the area which offers clients cheap wiring and unmetered access to the electrical grid.
Police believe the activities may be linked to the death of a 24-year-old tradesman at Carlton and a house fire at Bexley, both of which occurred in Sydney’s south last year.
About 3pm on Tuesday 21 February 2017, emergency services were called to a house on Short Street, Carlton, following reports a tradesman had been electrocuted.
NSW Ambulance paramedics attempted to revive the 24-year-old man; however, he died at the scene.
In a separate incident, emergency services were called to Carrington Street, Bexley, just before 9.30pm on Saturday 30 September 2017, and found a single-level home well alight.
Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze; however, the brick and tile house sustained significant damage. No injuries were reported.
Officers from St George Police Area Command launched investigations into both incidents, with SafeWork NSW assisting in relation to the man’s death at Carlton.
St George Police Area Command’s crime manager, Detective Inspector Damian Henry, issued a warning to the public regarding the potentially unlawful and hazardous electrical works being conducted by the syndicate.
“Police believe these people are still operating in the Sydney area and we are urging the community to check the licences of any trades people they may wish to use.
“We hold serious concerns for the welfare of any person within properties where this type of electrical work has been conducted, as it has the potential to result in fire, serious injury or even death,” Det Insp Henry said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.