Fa­tal trans­mis­sion tower col­lapse near Come by Chance caused by ‘de­vi­a­tion from stan­dard process’

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET COME BY CHANCE

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.”

MARK SQUIBB/THE PACKET

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.

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