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Safety concerns raised after electrician’s arm amputated

The man who was electrocuted while repairing a power line near the Natabua junction in Lautoka on Sunday afternoon remains in a critical condition. Vilivo Nayabo, 26, is an employee of Power Electric, a Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) sub-contractor.  Nayabo is currently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka Hospital. Newswire has confirmed […]

Ashutosh Singh and Peni Shute

March 2, 2016 10:30 am

The man who was electrocuted while repairing a power line near the Natabua junction in Lautoka on Sunday afternoon remains in a critical condition.

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Vilivo Nayabo, 26, is an employee of Power Electric, a Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) sub-contractor.  Nayabo is currently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Lautoka Hospital.

Newswire has confirmed doctors have amputated Nayabo’s arm.  According to a source close to Nayabo, doctors said his condition had deteriorated over the past few days.

A colleague who worked with Nayabo told Newswire that whenever an electrician was working on a line or post, the power supply in the area would either be turned off or diverted from this sector.

Only FEA can do that (switch off power).  We repaired broken lines starting last Tuesday while power was off.   After we repair, FEA comes and check, then switches is back on.

Ashneel Prasad of Natabua, who rushed Nayabo to hospital after the incident, told Newswire on Monday that power supply was restored in the vicinity of Natabua since Sunday morning.

I know that electricity was in Natabua area yesterday (Sunday) morning. I don’t know how Power Electric allowed him to climb the power pole.

On Sunday, FEA spokesperson Karunesh Rao said he was not aware of the incident.  Numerous emails and phone calls to Mr. Rao have since remained unanswered.  This story will be updated as soon as we get a response.

Speaking from Lautoka on Sunday, the Divisional Police Commander-Western, SSP Marika Kotoisuva said Nayabo works for a subcontracting company working with the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) to repair broken power lines.

There was one man that was electrocuted while fixing electricity power lines at midday today, he is in hospital.

Mahen Prasad, the owner of Power Electric, earlier confirmed Nayabo’s identity.  Power Electric is the FEA subcontractor who employed Nayabo.

Ashneel Prasad revealed to Newswire how he reacted after seeing the man electrocuted on the live power pole on Sunday.

I was waiting for my father in law to come and pick up his lunch when I saw this man laying on a pole he was working on. I saw that he was trying to call someone to help him but everyone who was at the bottom were only taking pictures of him.

Ashneel said that the man lay unconscious on the post for approximately 20 minutes.

I went on the other side of the road and called FEA, who then arrived and used a ladder to bring him down. I did call up the police and the ambulance, who didn’t even care to arrive at the scene. It was taking too long, he was still alive when the FEA guys brought him down.

Ashneel also added the man who got electrocuted was working alone.

I had called up FEA to advise them of the situation on their 132333 line then the FEA vehicle arrived and there was no other staff, either from FEA or Power Electric at the time and as FEA arrived then other staff arrived as well.

As I reached Lautoka Hospital I had him up on a stretcher, that is when police arrived and told me it’s okay you can leave now, so I did. I had called Lautoka Hospital later on last night and they told me that the family has been advised of his situation and he is really in a critical condition.

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