Incident kills N.B. Power technician trying to restore power in southeast

N.B. Power crews were working on infrastructure at the time of the accident, the Hillsborough Fire Department said. (Radio-Canada - image credit)
N.B. Power crews were working on infrastructure at the time of the accident, the Hillsborough Fire Department said. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

An N.B. Power technician working to restore power in the Moncton area was fatally injured Tuesday night in an incident that injured another powerline technician as well.

WorkSafeNB is investigating the workplace death, which happened near Hopewell Cape, southeast of Moncton.

The incident took place as crews were working on infrastructure under "heavy ice conditions," said Troy Collins, chief of the Hillsborough Fire Department.

Other details were not available from WorkSafeNB or the utility.

"As this is an active investigation, we cannot share any further information," WorkSafe said.

N.B. Power said it is collaborating with WorkSafe and the RCMP to find out what happened.

"At NB Power, safety is at the heart of everything we do, and we are heartbroken by this incident," the utility said in a statement.

N. B. Power said earlier that wet snow and freezing rain over the weekend and earlier this week had brought branches in contact with trees, causing many customers to lose power.

Collins said up to 10 members from his department were at the scene on Memel Road.