People working at the Muskrat Falls site say it’s a “miracle” nobody was killed or seriously injured.
Work at part of the Muskrat Falls dam has been suspended following an incident while concrete was being poured in the powerhouse last night.
Callers to the VOCM Newsroom indicate that workers were “buried” in wet concrete.
Astaldi Canada says a concrete pour was near completion when the formwork used to support the concrete collapsed. A total of seven workers got first aid treatment at the site, but one of them was taken to hospital in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for further assessment. Nobody was seriously injured.
Gilbert Bennett, the vice president of the Lower Churchill project, says further work by Astaldi Canada in the area has been suspended while a full investigation into the incident is undertaken.
Nalcor says safety is Nalcor’s number one priority, and it expects Astaldi to implement any recommendations which may come out of the investigation.
Muskrat Falls is already way behind schedule and over-budget. It’s not known how long this portion of the site will be shut down.
Vice President of the Lower Churchill Project, Gilbert Bennett says both Nalcor and Astaldi are taking the incident very seriously.
Bennett says they are working to understand what happened, and work will not resume at that area of the site until it is safe to do so.
Callers to the VOCM Newsroom indicate that the seven workers affected were essentially buried in concrete, but Bennett could not speak to the specifics.
All seven workers are reportedly shaken, but otherwise not seriously injured.