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Man electrocuted in Mackay industrial incident

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A man has been electrocuted in an industrial incident in Mackay in north Queensland.


Police said the 25-year-old man was electrocuted at an address on Brickworks Court in Mackay about 9:30am.

Ambulance officers say CPR was performed on the man but he could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Workplace Health and Safety officers are on-site.

Police said it was too early to say what caused the fatal accident.

Senior Sergeant Mark Dwyer said they were working with Workplace Health and Safety and would prepare a report for the coroner.

"Police have spoken to work colleagues and as to be expected, everyone's pretty well upset," he said.

"I did speak to several there myself and they're pretty close."

Source:  ABC News


EasyOHS Comment:  Incidents involving both high and low voltage electricity can kill.  Ongoing incidents of electrical contact between cranes, workers, excavators, boom pumps and alike continue in the construction industry.  

It is important to rigorously assess the risks for both underground, overhead and internal (wall cavities etc) for electrical assets.  Never assume a cable is de-energised until it is proved de-energised by a licences and qualified electrician or network provider.   

There is a wealth of guidance on the Safe Work Australia Website - see link here:  Safe Work Australia - Electricity

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