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Transmission tower collapse kills two workers in Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has halted construction on the new transmission line and is currently investigating


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ST. JOHN’S—Two workers have been killed while working on a new transmission line on the Avalon Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro provided few details about the June 19 accident, but said it occurred near the town of Come by Chance.

The company, a subsidiary of crown-owned Nalcor Energy, said an investigation is currently underway and all construction on the new transmission line has been suspended. The electrical infrastructure project is designed to link the Avalon Peninsula with Bay d’Espoir.

“At Hydro, safety is at the core of everything we do,” the company’s president Jim Haynes, said in a statement.

“Hundreds of skilled and dedicated people are working on similar projects in this province every day. That is why we must continue our relentless commitment to safety and do everything possible to help ensure that everyone goes home safely.”

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said the two workers were employed by Forbes Bros. Ltd., the contractor on the project.

The utility has released no specifics about the accident, but numerous local news outlets, including CBC and VOCM reported the two workers were working on a steel transmission tower when it collapsed.


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