Two third-party contractor employees sustained serious injuries after coming into contact with electricity at a major residential construction site in the Kyalami area.
The incident took place on 6 February whilst the contractors were working on the electricity network. They were subsequently air-lifted to the hospital where they are receiving medical treatment.
According to a statement by Eskom, it is suspected that the two proceeded with work on the Eskom network during a load-shedding period. The incident seems to have occurred when the power was restored after the scheduled load-shedding.
Motlhabane Ramashi, the senior manager for maintenance and operations at Eskom said, “According to Eskom’s safety standards, it is a serious violation for any electrical work to be done during this period. The contractors in question operated without Eskom’s permission and, unfortunately, this has resulted in injuries that could have been avoided.”
The matter has been referred to the relevant authorities for further investigation and Eskom will co-operate fully in any investigation to ensure the matter is adequately dealt with.
Eskom would like to caution members of the public to treat all electrical equipment and the network as live at all times, including during load-shedding or any form of power supply interruption, for safety reasons.
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