23 Feb 2010

Far North linesman seriously injured

10:17 pm on 23 February 2010

Transpower says a linesman remains in a serious condition in hospital on Tuesday after an accident during live line maintenance work which resulted in 10,000 customers losing power in the Far North.

Power went off in an area from Taupo Bay to Cape Reinga about midday after a fault involving the main transmission line to Kaitaia.

A spokesperson for Transpower says power was restored just before 6pm.

The company says a contractor carrying out maintenance work at the time of the incident suffered burns injuries and an investigation has begun.