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Ikeja Electricity Company Denies Staff  Who Got Electrocuted While Working On Power Line In Ikordodu

The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IKEDC, has denied that the man that was electrocuted yesterday while trying to fix power problems caused by road reconstruction in Isawo Owutu Road, Ikorodu, Lagos is an employee of their’s.

According to a statement signed by Felix Ofulue, Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric PLC while commiserating with the family of the deceased, said the man electrocuted in the unfortunate incident was a contractor with Gosslink Engineering Limited.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased was a linesman with Gosslink Engineering Limited, a company engaged by the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to restore and replace electrical infrastructure that may be affected by the ongoing construction of Isawo Road.

Fruther more it was detected that the victim did not wear the recommended safety Protective Outfit; no 11KV rated gloves, nor coveralls.

More so, Ikeja Electric company said that the contractor team moved to work on Asolo 11kV feeder without collecting daily permits in line with the safety policy of Ikeja Electric which ensures that the areas of operation are de-energized during work, to ensure the safety of the personnel on duty.

The statement reads thus
Our attention has been drawn to the fallacious publications and media reports published in Vanguard Newspaper and some other online media today, Thursday May 31, 2018, about the unfortunate electrocution of an electrical contractor on Tuesday May 29, 2018 while carrying out his duties on electrical infrastructure in Isawo Owutu Road, Ikorodu, Lagos.

We want to emphatically state that the deceased is not an employee of Ikeja Electric Plc as misrepresented, misconstrued and carelessly circulated by the report.

According to the preliminary investigations relating to the incidence, Ikeja Electric wishes to clarify that the deceased was a linesman with Gosslink Engineering Limited, a company engaged by the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to restore/replace electrical infrastructure that may be affected by the ongoing construction of Isawo Road.

Gosslink Engineering Limited commenced the project and following procedure, collects daily permits in line with the safety policy of Ikeja Electric. This ensures that the areas of operation are de-energized during work, to ensure the safety of the personnel on duty.

On the 29th of May, 2018, the Contractor Team moved to the site to work on Asolo 11kV feeder without permit. The deceased then proceeded to climb and transfer the lines on the old pole to the newly erected pole. It was during this operation that the victim was electrocuted.

Further investigation also revealed that the victim did not wear the recommended safety Protective Outfit; no 11KV rated gloves, nor coveralls.

While Ikeja Electric Plc commiserates with the family of the deceased, we remain committed to the highest standards of safety at all times, in line with our 2018 HSE campaign tagged ‘Target Zero’ which continuously trains and retrains employees, especially those in high risk areas to ensure nothing is left to chance.

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