Investigation underway into fallen down Maritime Link tower


Published on June 13, 2017

A suspected failed guy wire system is the reason being given for a fallen down tower that was recently constructed in Western Newfoundland.

No injuries occurred and no one was onsite at the time of the incident that occurred on Sunday.
Emera Newfoundland and Labrador was informed of the incident from its transmission line construction contractor Rokstad Power. The steel tower was located along the HVdc portion of the Maritime Link Project.
Occupational Health and Safety has been notified and Rokstad, along with Emera NL have started a review to determine the cause of this incident. Work related to this incident on the high voltage direct current (HVdc) line has been temporarily suspended while this review continues, according to a prepared release by Emera NL.
Jeff Myrick of Emera said the safety of the public and the workers continues to be Emera NL’s first priority.
He said as this is an active construction site, safety signs are and will continue to be posted along the HVdc route to help prevent the public from accessing the right-of-way.
Construction on the line is expected to be completed later this summer with construction of three of the five transmission lines already complete.
The majority of steel towers for the HVdc line have been erected and Rokstad is expected to complete stringing of the transmission lines later this summer.
Myrick said while they expect there to be a temporary delay to work on the HVdc line, the company don’t anticipate any impact to its overall project completion schedule.