The structure that was damaged was a 55-foot pole holding a 35kv transmission top circuit that powers Blue Hills. The pole was also holding a 12.5kv distribution underbuilt feeder which feeds Leeward Highway West. The linemen on scene along with FortisTCI substation electricians performed switching to ensure power supply remained to the Blue Hills and Leeward Highway West areas. The linemen safely replaced the damaged pole and conducted all distribution switches using approved hot-line methods.
FortisTCI Vice President of Transmission & Distribution Devon Cox said, “This was a job well done by our certified linemen. Working on energised lines for 10 hours is very difficult and requires a great deal of concentration and skill. The team performed a very difficult task flawlessly, and we commend them. Their attention to detail and efforts to maintain a safe work environment during the day is most commendable.”
The team from FortisTCI that carried out this complex work included Marcus Gray, Atley Gray, Myron Rigby, Kelorian Forbes, Kavin Ewing, Gregory Thomas, and Dave Laing. FortisTCI also wished to extend gratitude to the flagman from E.L. Construction that assisted with slowing traffic near the work site.
Authorities have advised that this incident is still under investigation, and initial reports are that there were no serious injuries. The Company wishes to remind the public to exercise all caution and care while driving to avoid incidents such as this that can be fatal. Total costs for repairs are still being calculated, but early estimates are in excess of US $5K.
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