Press Release:- The Association of Professional Engineers of Saint Lucia (APESL) and the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) would like to advise the public that the Engineers (Registration) Act CAP 13.10 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia defines Engineering as follows:
““engineering” includes the doing of one or more acts of advising on, reporting on, designing of, supervising of or inspection of the construction of any of the works or operations or other matters set out in Schedule 1.”
APESL has received complaints with regard to the practice of Engineering by unqualified and unregistered persons in the state of Saint Lucia, with the evidence of designs, which are fundamentally flawed, unfit for their purpose, posing an eminent threat to the public interest, public safety and an existential threat to the proper functioning of the Society.
The practise of Engineering by unregistered persons is strictly prohibited and is a breach of the Engineering Registration Act.
PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING BY UNREGISTERED PERSONS This Act shall not— (a) prevent a person who is not an engineer from operating, executing or supervising any engineering works as owner, contractor, superintendent, foreman, technician, inspector or master, where the public interest and public safety are not likely to be affected; or (b) require any person referred to in paragraph (a) to become registered under this Act for the purpose of doing anything mentioned in paragraph (a).
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
(1) Subject to section 12 a person commits an offence who— (a) fraudulently procures or attempts to procure the registration under this Act of himself or herself or any other person by making or producing, or causing to be made or produced, any false or fraudulent representation or declaration, either orally or in writing;
(b) fraudulently makes, causes or permits to be made— (i) any false or incorrect entry or copy of an entry in the register, (ii) any alteration in any entry or copy of an entry in the register; or (c) not being a registered engineer— (i) practises engineering for which he or she demands or receives any fee, gratuity or remuneration, (ii) pretends to be a registered engineer, (iii) makes use of the title of Professional Engineer or any other name, title, designation or description, implying that he or she is a registered engineer or is entitled to be recognised or to practice as a registered engineer.
(2) A person who commits an offence under this Act is liable on summary conviction— (a) for a first offence to a fine of $500 or to imprisonment for 2 months; and (b) for each subsequent offence, to a fine of $1,000 or to imprisonment for 4 months.
(3) In any prosecution under subsection (1)(c), the absence of the name of the person charged from the list last published in the Gazette under section 6(4), is prima facie evidence that the person is not a registered engineer.”
The public is reminded that the List of Registered Professional Engineers is published annually in the Gazette and at any time the most updated list can be obtained from the office of the Registrar of the High Court.
SCHEDULE 1 (Section 2) ENGINEERING OPERATIONS The following are engineering operations— (a) public utilities; (b) industrial works, harbour works, drainage works, irrigation works, sewerage works and sewerage disposal works, and hydraulic works; (c) industrial processes; (d) railways, tramways, bridges, tunnels, roads, highways, canals and river improvements; (e) lighthouses, wet docks, dry docks and floating docks; (f) cranes, dredges, hoists, lifts and winches; (g) waterworks, water purification plants; (h) incinerators; (i) power transmission systems, electric lighting and electrical or electronic communications systems and equipment; (j) any electrical apparatus or machinery; (k) electronics; (l) mineral property mining development or minal operations of any kind; (m) smelters, refineries, metallurgical machinery or equipment or apparatus for carrying out such operation; (n) boilers and their auxiliaries; (o) steam engines, hydraulic turbines, pumps, internal combustion engines and other mechanical structures; (p) chemical machinery; (q) airports; (r) all ships of more than 50 tons gross, classified or unclassified, their propulsion unit and safety of life at sea equipment; (s) garages, hotels any industrial building to be used for any industrial purpose; (t) public buildings and places used for or offered for use as places for public assembly; (u) commercial domestic and other buildings which are more than 2 floors high or are greater than 240 square metres in area;
(v) generally, all other engineering works including the engineering works and installation relating to airports, airfields or landing strips or relating to town and community planning.
APESL is extremely concerned as such, illegal practice endangers the safety of persons and can lead to the loss of human life. This illegal practice significantly impacts on the ability to build wealth in our society as inadequate designs lead to wastage of resources through rework, increased operations & maintenance costs and a significant reduction in returns on investment and value added.
APESL and the ERB will remain vigilant to ensure that the framework which enhances the Engineering Profession is adhered to and that Engineering in Saint Lucia is practiced in accordance with the Code of Ethics, with the overarching fidelity to the public needs.