Teen Girl Electric Shock Incident at Light Rail Site Not Isolated

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A teenager who felt a current of electricity run through her body at the light rail construction site in Sydney’s George street in June was likely not the first person to suffer an electric shock at the site.

The girl curled into the foetal position when the incident occurred and later said she thought she was going to die. But she wasn’t the only one who suffered an electric shock there, 2 homeless people were shocked at the site a week earlier.

An investigation found that the incident happened when an electric cable became compressed between the lid of a traffic signal pit and its supporting frame. According to safety investigator John Guselli,

  “The compression caused the insulation around the wire to be work way, presenting an opportunity for the exposed wire to energise the pit lid,”

“Rain in the days before the incident created an environment which allowed the electrical current flow to energise the pit lit.”

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/03/13/54/electric-shock-light-rail-construction-site-anna-lambden-investigaton-recommendations

It is believed the flaw may have existed since February.

The investigation also found that the design of the pit may have contributed to the incident, as it should have been 300m deeper than it was.

Worker Critical After Electric Shock Incident

A woman at a timber business in Garbutt suffered an electric shock recently and had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.

The woman, in her fifties was working at the Schmid Street business when the incident occurred .

Paramedics were called to the business and the woman was taken to Townsville Hospital where she is in a critical condition.

The incident is under investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/worker-critical-electric-shock/#.WSIQ4saxUl1

Man’s Body Retrieved from Under House Following Electrocution

Another tragedy has taken place, this time in Sydney’s northwest where a 46 year old man died from electrocution.

The man was working under a house when the incident occurred.

Emergency services were summoned to the site in Eastwood, after it was reported that a man was trapped under a house.

The emergency services personnel arrived on the scene and isolated the power before going under the house and retrieving the man. He had already passed away.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

It’s important to remember, whether you’re working at home or on a construction site, to isolate the power before conducting electrical work.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/man-fatally-electrocuted-house/#.WL06BH9WXqV

Beware Live Powerlines – Warning After Fatality


The Queensland safety regulator is reminding us all to be careful when working near overhead powerlines.

The reminder comes after 2 people were killed and 7 seriously injured in incidents involving overhead powerlines.

These accidents were tragic and preventable, as Head of Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office, Victoria Thomson explains.

Most recently a 28 year old worker died after he received an electric shock while working with a pruning tool and coming into contact with powerlines.


Read more about it at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/safety-warning-issued-powerline-electrocution-deaths/#.V9hrZPl97IV

Melbourne Worker Killed due to Electric Shock

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An electrician in Melbourne has lost his life after suffering an electric shock on the roof of a shopping centre.

The man was working on the roof of Dallas Shopping centre when the incident took place, claiming the life of the 24 year dad.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang followed by the power in the building going off.

The man was working on his own on the roof of the shopping centre when the incident occurred. An investigation is currently underway.

The fatality was the first workplace death for 2016.

Read more at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/electrician-dies-after-suffering-electric-shock-on-roof-of-dallas-shopping-centre-20160105-glzo48.html#ixzz3wPTlnW00