Worker badly burned



A Country Energy employee sustained burns to his hands and minor burns to his face while undertaking repair work in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

The man, whose name has not been revealed, was taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and he could be transferred to the burns unit in Sydney.

Country Energy is currently investigating the incident, in association with WorkCover.

Country Energy has apologised to residents and businesses which were affected by power outages in parts of the city.

Acting regional general manager, Mid North Coast, Geoff Kempnich, said Country Energy was notified that an overhead powerline had come down in Manning Avenue shortly after 1.40pm.

"A field crew was sent to the area immediately and found a broken cross-arm and fallen high voltage powerline," Mr Kempnich said.

"During the restoration process, lineworkers found further equipment damage in Charlesworth Bay Road, which caused supply interruptions in the Park Beach and Diggers Beach areas."

"To speed up the restoration process, extra crews were called in to repair the damage," he said.

"They were able to restore supply to customers in Manning Avenue by 8.30pm and progressively to other customers during the evening. Supply was fully restored by 10.40pm."

Mr Kempnich said Country Energy was also investigating the cause of Wednesday's supply interruptions and is committed to undertaking any necessary work to improve supply reliability in the area.

Also, in two unrelated incidents earlier that day, flying foxes on overhead powerlines at the corner of Beryl Street and Mackays Road and in Argyle Street caused two supply interruptions that affected central and northern parts of Coffs Harbour, Karangi Dam, Red Hill and Upper Orara.



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