Ministry to probe work accident at dam

CHE BAKER IN ALEXANDRA
Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012

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The Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry is expected to conduct an investigation into an accident at the Clyde Dam last month, where a man fell and broke his leg.

An internal investigation by the man's employer has been completed.

The 50-year-old man was employed by international industrial electrical and mechanical contractor Transfield Services.

Transfield Services' major clients in Clyde were Transpower and Contact Energy.

The company was in charge of ensuring the safe and efficient running of the national grid substations in the area and the Clutha river's hydroelectric dams.

On October 8 the man had been contracted to work at the Clyde dam for routine maintenance on a transformer.

It is believed the man tripped and fell in an awkward position resulting in a broken leg.

He was taken to Dunstan Hospital by ambulance, where he was assessed and later airlifted to Dunedin .

Ministry communications adviser Mark Smith said it was waiting to receive a copy of the internal investigation report from the company.

It would be decided from the report whether further investigation was needed.

The Southland Times was unable to contact anyone from Transfield Services yesterday.

che.baker@stl.co.nz

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