Apprentice Electrocuted – Supervisors not Trained

Mr Tom Owen, 21, was working for Western Power Distribution (WPD) in a trench in Cardiff on 30th January 2017 when he was electrocuted. An inquest into the death in July 2021 heard that his supervisors had no formal supervision training and he had previously failed a test for working with ‘live’ wires and had […]

Pineapple Farm Worker Electrocuted

Cody Smith, 25, was electrocuted and six other people received an electric shock, and were hospitalised, after a harvester struck powerlines at the Lake Mary Pines farm at Bungundarra, approximately 15 kilometres northwest of Yeppoon. The incident occurred at about 9:30am on 14th July 2021. It is alleged that a stay wire on a power […]

Electrocution – QLD’s First Industrial Manslaughter Charge

Brett Quinn was fatally electrocuted while ‘dogging’ for a crane when it came in close proximity to or contacted overhead powerlines during work on a crane rail system near Little Mulgrave in far north Queensland in July 2019. MSF Sugar Pty Ltd has been charged with industrial manslaughter under the QLD Electrical Safety Act 2002 […]

Florida Electrical Contractor Cited after Worker Electrocution

A 44-year-old electrical technician in Orlando, Florida, climbed down into a trench to splice streetlight wiring in the early afternoon of 2nd March 2021. He was electrocuted when he made contact with ‘live’ wires. He was working for United Signs & Signals Inc (US&S), a contractor who specialises in lighting and the design, construction and […]