Power worker dies during maintenance work


Thursday, 04 April, 2019

Power worker dies during maintenance work

An Ausgrid linesman has died after being electrocuted while undertaking routine maintenance work in Lane Cove on the night of 2 April.

The 39-year-old man was part of a crew from Ausgrid’s Gore Hill depot who were working on the replacement of a low-voltage power pole.

He was a member of the Electrical Trades Union, which is investigating the cause of the incident and offering its full support to his family and colleagues.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time,” said ETU Secretary Justin Page.

“We will be providing whatever practical support we can to assist the family as they deal with the devastating loss of a loved one, along with the emotional and financial hardships that inevitably follow.”

Page said the union will work closely with Ausgrid and safety regulators to better understand what caused the accident. “Once the cause of the accident is known we will strongly advocate for appropriate improvements to safety standards and be vigilant to ensure Ausgrid and other electricity distributors put in place those measures to prevent a repeat of this tragedy.”

Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/TERADAT SANTIVIVUT

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