Overhead powerlines shock workers


Tuesday, 14 December, 2021

Overhead powerlines shock workers

A man received an electric shock and severe burns while installing gutter guarding on the roof of an industrial shed.

According to WorkSafe Queensland, the incident occurred in October 2021. It said that for reasons yet to be established, the worker came into contact with a nearby 11 kV single wire earth return (SWER) while he was on the roof.

WorkSafe said that another incident occurred in November 2021, during which a worker suffered serious burns and other minor injuries when a mobile concrete placing boom contacted an 11 kV overhead powerline at a residential construction site. Initial enquiries indicate the mobile concrete placing boom was operating at the time of the incident.

Investigations into both incidents are continuing.

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