While doing routine maintenance work on a low voltage power line in Sydney’s lower north shore, an Ausgrid Worker was electrocuted on Wednesday afternoon.
The 39 year old worker has been identified as Robert Nicholls a team from the Gore Hill depot who were doing routine maintenance on a low voltage power Sydney’s lower north shore.
At around 11:40 am Emergency Medical service (EMS) got a call that a man had suffered an electrical shock. EMS crew immediately transported Nicholls Royal North Shore Hospital where unfortunately he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Electrical Trades Union Secretary, Justin Page said in a statement said, “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this tragic time.”
Page said, “We will be providing whatever practical support we can to assist the family as they deal with the devastating loss of a loved one.
“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,” Page added.
An Ausgrid spokeswoman explained that the respective authorities are investigating this incident but “The cause of the incident is not yet known.”
They are investigating whether this incident was caused by a human error and a technical failure and hope to fix that problem to avoid further such incidents.