Ellevio is today mourning the loss of two people, who lost their lives in a tragic accident in Tyfors on Monday. The two men, 59 and 23, were Estonian nationals and worked for the company Leonhard Weiss.
"Yesterday was the worst day of my entire professional career, and I know that many of my colleagues feel the same. The unthinkable has happened," says Ellevio's CEO Johan Lindehag.
The accident occurred as the two men, working on an aerial work platform, came into contact with a live 30 kV wire. At present, Ellevio has no information as to why the men were working on the live wire.
The police are today conducting a technical investigation of the accident site. Personnel from Ellevio are on site to provide support to the two deceased men's colleagues.
"Our focus yesterday evening and this morning has been to gather information and to prepare the provision of support for the men's nearest colleagues, and we have also offered professional critical help to those in need," says Johan Lindehag.
Personnel from Ellevio are today visiting the accident site to build an understanding of the course of events. As part of the standard procedure for such occurrences, the accident is the subject of investigations by the Police, Arbetsmiljöverket (the Swedish Work Environment Authority) and Elsäkerhetsverket (the Swedish National Electrical Safety Board). Ellevio will readily provide all necessary resources, to gain an understanding of the course of events and to assist the investigations to the full possible extent. All activity on the affected project has been suspended until further notice.
The two deceased men were employed by an Estonian subsidiary of Leonhard Weiss, one of Europe's largest construction contractors. This company has been assigned by Ellevio to build a new 30 kV power line between Fredriksberg and Lesjöfors, a stretch of almost 30 kilometres. The collaboration with Ellevio was inaugurated in the autumn, after Leonhard Weiss fulfilled all requirements and won the public procurement competition for the project. Personnel from Ellevio have visited Leonhard Weiss' head office and all personnel working in Sweden have completed the Swedish electrical safety training programme, ESA. The personnel are employed on terms and conditions similar to those stipulated in a Swedish collective agreement.
"We will review everything in detail to ascertain whether there is anything we could have done differently. We have no personnel of our own working in the field, and have instead engaged contractors for a number of years now. We have extensive experience of requirement stipulations and thorough procurements, but will now review the process in even greater detail," says Ellevio's CEO Johan Lindehag.
"We have to do everything in our power to prevent such an appalling accident ever happening again," says Johan Lindehag.
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