A T&TEC crew disconnects the supply to the Woodford Lodge area in Chaguanas. To the right of the photo is the fallen flagpole that caused three people to be electrocuted on Friday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has confirmed that it has launched a probe into the circumstances that led to the death of one person from electrocution, and the hospitalisation of two others, in Chaguanas, today.

“T&TEC is conducting enquiries into an incident in Chaguanas where three persons were apparently injured and one electrocuted after a flagpole they were moving appeared to have come into contact with an electricity line,” an official statement from the company read.

T&TEC indicates the information it received concerning the incident:

“Preliminary information is that around 12:30 p.m. today, four persons from the Civilian Conservation Corps, Ministry of National Security office in Woodford Lodge, Chaguanas, were moving a flagpole when it came into contact with the 12,000-volt overhead line. One person is reportedly dead and two are receiving treatment at the Mt Hope Hospital. One is listed as critical.”

The release continued: “General Manager, Mr. Kelvin Ramsook headed a technical team from the Central Distribution Area which visited the site to assess the situation and safely restore the electricity supply. He will appoint an internal investigation committee to probe the incident further.”

T&TEC issued a reminder to the public on the importance of exercising caution when working around electricity lines.

“Coming close to, or into contact with, overhead lines can lead to serious injury or death.  Before doing any work close to overhead lines or the point of connection to your property contact T&TEC for a temporary disconnection so you can work safely,” T&TEC reminded the public.

The company also shared the following public service notice:

Image courtesy T&TEC.

“Doing construction, picking fruit or trimming trees?  Keep bamboo rods, ladders, scaffolding, roof beams, oversized material of any type, and body parts at least 15 feet from electricity poles and lines.  Before doing any work close to overhead lines or the point of connection to your home OR before digging where there are underground lines, contact T&TEC for a temporary disconnection so you can work safely.”