Fatal transmission tower collapse near Come by Chance caused by ‘deviation from standard process’
The cause of a fatal accident at the transmission tower work near Come by Chance in June has been ruled a “deviation from standard process.”
In separate statements from Forbes’s Brothers and Newfoundland and Labrador Hyrdo released Saturday afternoon, Aug. 19, a deviation from standard process in the change out of a guy wire was named as the direct cause of the tower collapse that resulted in the deaths of Jared Moffat and Tim McLean on June 19.
Since the incident, Forbes has been under a stop work order on helicopter-erection of towon ers. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) lifted that order Aug. 18.
NL Hydro says work will now resume, and that both NL Hydro and Forbes are working with OHS on a staged return to work plan.
NL Hydro also said the inspection on all previously installed towers on the Bay d’Espoir to Avalon Peninsula transmission line, as ordered by OHS, determined the towers installed to date are all safe. An audit of installation process for all guy-supported towers on the transmission line has been completed by a third party. This audit too, according to NL Hydro, concluded that the towers were designed and erected according to “industry best practices.”
An accident during construction of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s new transmission line from Bay d’Espoir to the Avalon Peninsula resulted in the deaths of two individuals in June.