news The National Broadband Network project has suffered what is believed to be its second fatality, with a contractor in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba reported to have lost his life while working on NBN infrastructure on Friday.
On Friday the Blue Mountains Gazette reported that police were investigating a fatal accident in the popular Blue Mountains tourist destination, with a man believed to have suffered “head injuries” in what the newspaper called “an industrial accident”. Police had closed Katoomba’s Station Street as a result.
Following the report, the NBN company issued a statement noting that it had been advised of a “reported fatality” of a contractor working for one of the company’s delivery partners on the NBN network in Katoomba.
NBN chief executive Bill Morrow expressed his sadness at the news. “This is tragic news and we are doing all that we can to assist,” he said. “The thoughts of everyone at nbn are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased at this very sad time.”
The fatality is believed to be the second such incident to have occurred during the NBN rollout.
In May 2013, a similar incident occurred in the early NBN rollout zone of Kiama in the New South Wales South Coast.
At the time, a 57-year-old man was trapped between two trucks in the town and lost his life. A man was later charged with various offences, including negligent driving and driving with an illicit drug present in their blood.
The NBN is not the only project to have recently suffered fatalities with respect to the process of deploying telecommunications infrastructure in Australia.
For example, in February this year, it was reported that a Telstra worker had tragically died after falling off what is believed to be a mobile phone tower in the Adelaide River area.
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