1 March, 2021, 3:38 am Central - 23°C Rain

Man dies after falling from a power pole in Labasa

Man dies after falling from a power pole in Labasa

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 26/01/2021

A man who was employed by an electrical contractor and fell from a power pole and injured himself on the 9th of this month at Malau in Labasa passed away six days later.

CEO of Energy Fiji Limited Hasmukh Patel says the accident happened when the man had almost reached the top of the power pole and tried to position himself to enable him to carry out repair works when he accidentally fell.

Patel says the investigation panel has completed the detailed investigation and the EFL management is reviewing the report.

He says it is unfortunate that this has happened considering that the man was trained, had the necessary experience and was equipped with the required safety gear to safeguard against such mishaps.

He adds the man passed away six days later in intensive care and the organisation sympathizes with the family on the passing of a loved one.

The CEO says that Tropical Cyclone Yasa had caused extensive damages to property, infrastructure, livestock and agriculture and most of these damages happened to be in Vanua Levu.

Patel says TC Yasa caused extensive damages to the EFL power distribution network in Labasa, Savusavu, Seaqaqa, Dreketi and Taveuni.

He says repairs and restoration of power lines commenced on the 18th December 2020 by EFL Teams around Fiji and as soon as the power supply restoration works were completed in Viti Levu, close to a 150 EFL personnel and specialized equipment from Viti Levu was sent across to Vanua Levu and Ovalau to assist with the restoration works.

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
USP Vice Chancellor deportation
The President of the University of the South Pacific Staff Association, Elizabeth Fong says they have received confirmation that USP Vice-Chancellor, ...
25 days ago

Tropical Cyclone Ana
Tropical Cyclone Ana was upgraded to a Category 3 system on February 1st.
28 days ago

Drug and substance abuse in Fiji
Substance abuse including marijuana cases are on the rise amongst students in schools during the COVID-19 period, and urgent action is required.
67 days ago
I have a major medical procedure in Singapore next week - AG
 Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he is in Singapore at the moment for some medical procedures where he alread...
11 hours ago
We have the capacity to pay for COVID-19 vaccines- AG
Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji has the capacity to buy the COVID-19 vaccines and they are not just relying on aid or ...
8 hours ago

Exporting marijuana for medicinal purposes recommended during Uni Fiji round table discussions
The idea of possibly exporting marijuana for medicinal purposes as an alternative to earn export funds has been recommended during the round table ...
9 hours ago

Population increases in Kadavu due to increase in kava price and COVID-19 – Roko Tui Kadavu
Roko Tui Kadavu Kitione Raibevu says the population in Kadavu has increased because of the increase in the price of kava and the COVID-19 ...
10 hours ago

30% of the ANZ customers whose loans were deferred have resumed payments
ANZ Country Head Saud Minam says around 30 percent of their customers whose loans were deferred under the COVID-19 Relief Package have returned to ...
10 hours ago

Fiji Muslim League to take legal action against Ben Padarath
The Fiji Muslim League will take legal action against Ben Padarath for his post regarding the Head Boy of a Muslim school. Padarath had posted a ...
10 hours ago