Murwillumbah man electrocuted

By KATE McINTOSH

A 45-YEAR-OLD Murwillumbah man died yesterday while undertaking routine repairs to powerlines at Burringbar. It's believed the Country Energy line worker was changing a low voltage cross-arm at a Greenvale Court worksite when the accident occurred about 10am.

Attempts to revive the man at the scene were unsuccessful. Sergeant Bill Henry, of Murwillumbah Police said another Country Energy employee working alongside the man at the time was uninjured and had applied resuscitation measures.

"He was unharmed, but obviously he's deeply traumatised," Sgt Henry said.

When the Daily News visited the worksite yesterday the man's covered body could be seen to the rear of a Country Energy work truck.

Its attached work platform remained half raised beneath overhead powerlines.

Several Country Energy employees, believed to be assisting police enquiries, sat in the shade nearby.

Ambulance, WorkCover and police scientific officers were yesterday conducting onsite investigations.

A Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was also dispatched to the scene, however the man was deceased by the time crews arrived.

A spokeswoman for Country Energy said the company had launched an internal investigation, following yesterday's accident and is currently assisting police and WorkCover with their enquiries.

The spokeswoman said Country Energy had personally conveyed its deepest sympathies to the deceased's family and workmates. "Employees are being provided support and counselling services, and the employee's family will be provided with every possible assistance," the spokeswoman said.

The deceased line worker, based at Country Energy's Murwillumbah Field Service Centre, had been with the company for 17 years.

The man's name had not been released yesterday. The cause of the fatality is still unknown and investigations remain ongoing.



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