Worker burnt after spade hits power line

2009-06-22 00:00

AN explosion in Willowton Road yesterday morning seriously injured a man working on a building site and temporarily shut down power to The Witness.

It was alleged that the explosion and the temporary power outage were caused when the worker unwittingly hit an electricity power cable with a shovel. The explosion flung him in the air and the right side of his body is reportedly badly burnt.

Other employees on the site, who did not want their names revealed, said the accident was bound to happen because of their dangerous working conditions.

The employees who continued to work after the explosion said the electricity cables are exposed and pose a serious threat to them.

One employee said the accident was a culmination of the exploitation they have suffered ever since they began the job of digging the trenches.

He said: “Ever since we started working here we have not had a single day’s rest. We work from Monday to Monday and we work long hours. Last Friday, the police showed up and forced us to knock off at midnight. And today we have been told we have to work the whole night,” said one worker.

When The Witness contacted site manager Ruvi Thomas about the allegations and accident, he said he could only comment after a report had been completed. When contacted again, his phone rang unanswered.

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