“Frustrated” with the ESA
"Can they stop being like the German gestapo?" this electrician asks.
Just to take a break from our readers’ relentless bashing of the Ontario College of Trades, here is a post about the Electrical Safety Authority. We actually think the ESA is a fine organization, in terms of its overall effect on the industry (as opposed to the OCOT, which is a disgrace) but this electrician disagrees…
Has Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) become just another money grab from legitimate contractors trying to follow all the guidelines it puts out? If they require inspections for all non-ACP (ESA’s Authorized Contractor Program) contractors, they should be more available for customers to pinpoint closer inspection times than between “8 and 12” and “12 and 4.” Are they like the cable companies? Also, if we are licenced journeymen, ESA-licenced contractors, should we not have a little more leniency when it comes to inspections for basic installs or remedial tasks? When they have already been permitted? What’s the point of getting your C of Q if you still need inspections for everything you do? I’m just a frustrated contractor fed up with the ESA. Can they stop being like the German gestapo trying to nail you for everything they can find? How about a courtesy call instead of a letter fining you for bullshit?