Occupational health and safety division investigating accident during power restoration
A Newfoundland Power employee remained in hospital for observation Monday after being injured on the job. He was working to restore power in the Stavanger Drive area in St. John’s at the time.
The 51-year-old man was on a utility pole Sunday at about 9 p.m. when he received an electrical shock, according to a preliminary report from police.
He was taken to hospital by paramedics, who were at the accident scene alongside members of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
The man was asked to remain the following day, but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to Newfoundland Power president and CEO Earl Ludlow, who spoke with reporters early Monday afternoon.
“I spoke with him last night. I left the house last night at nine o’clock and went down to the hospital and spoke with him,” Ludlow said.
“My day is pretty easy compared to these guys,” he added, noting all of the utility’s staff are into a “new normal” for work demands until the province’s power problems are resolved and the power supply is restored to all Newfoundland Power customers.
Workers are getting some help now from line workers who have been flown to St. John’s from Prince Edward Island and other areas.
Meanwhile, rolling blackouts did not impede the investigation into the workplace accident by the provincial government’s occupational health and safety (OHS) division.
OHS offices were open during the morning, with staff apparently prepared to deal with any brief power outages.
“If (power) stays off (the) investigation still continues due to alternate measures,” stated a government staffer, responding to a question via Twitter.