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City Rail Link Incident Highlights Risk Of Buried Power Cables

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Business i PressRelease City Rail Link Incident Highlights Risk Of Buried Power Cables March 25, 2021 PressRelease Press Release – Industrial Safety News In July 2020, a worker on the City Rail Link project in Aucklands CBD hammered a piece of reinforcement rod into a former public footpath area.The rod connected with an underground 11kv electrical cable, and smoke started rising from the area … In July 2020, a worker on the City Rail Link project in Auckland’s CBD hammered a piece of reinforcement rod into a former public footpath area.The rod connected with an underground 11kv electrical cable, and smoke started rising from the area around the rod.The supervisor then used a piece of timber and his hands to dig the area to confirm the rod had connected with a cable.

Therefore because the workers were not digging below the ground, they did not use the permit system which would have identified the location of the buried cable.In addition: the job plan and paperwork had been left at home by the supervisor, and the workers were not briefed about the known buried cable the supervisor put their life at risk by attempting to remove the rod or dig around the cable.

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