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Crane hit high voltage power lines at construction site

Chains attached to a crane hit high-voltage power lines.
Chains attached to a crane hit high-voltage power lines.

ROCKHAMPTON Hospital spent most of yesterday running on generators after chains attached to a crane hit a high voltage power line on the hospital's construction site.

At 6.30am Ergon Energy was alerted to the outage, which affected 235 customers, and dispatched a crew to isolate the fault.

Power was resumed to other customers at 8.30am, however the Rockhampton Hospital was still running on emergency back-up power to continue their essential services until 3.30pm. Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief executive Len Richards said there was no interruption to emergency services or patient care.

"All non-essential procedures and appoint

ments will be rescheduled as soon as possible and those affected will be contacted when business returns to normal," he said.

"I thank our staff for the professional and calm way in which they have handled this situation, and appreciate the patience of all patients and visitors."

A spokesman from the builders, Hansen Yuncken, said safety remained paramount to the project.

"Hansen Yuncken has strict onsite safety procedures and in accordance with these the crane was immediately shut down and a review is underway," he said.

"Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is also reviewing the incident before the crane can return to operation.

"There were no injuries to workers or damage to the cranes, plant, equipment or materials."

The hospital was unable to have its power restored because of the location of the crane, which brought lines down and disrupted the feeder service into the hospital.

Topics:  construction crane power lines rockhampton hospital



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