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High voltage cable injuries

12 October 2011

On 10 October, two of Power and Water Corporation’s network staff members were injured when they came into contact with high voltage cables while carrying out routine work in a trench at Casuarina Zone Substation, in Adelaide, Australia.

Casuarina Zone Substation
Casuarina Zone Substation

The two men were transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment. Since then, one has been airlifted to the specialist burns unit in Adelaide for further treatment. The other staff member remains in the Royal Darwin Hospital, and it is understood that both are in a serious but stable condition.

WorkSafe NT and Power and Water are conducting investigations into the incident at the substation. Until the outcome of the investigation is available, all similar works involving high voltage cables has been suspended.

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