A teenage girl suffered an electric shock just a week after 2 others also suffered an electric shock at the light rail construction site in Sydney’s George Street.
The electrical current running through her body caused her to believe she was going to die. She dropped into a foetal position as a result.
Transport NSW has commissioned an independent investigation following the incident in June.
The incident occurred after an electric cable became compressed between the lid of a traffic signal pit and its supporting frame.
According to the report by safety investigator John Guselli, rain in the days before the incident created an environment which allowed the electrical current flow to energise the pit. Investigators found that the incident was not isolated with 2 homeless people also suffering electric shocks there earlier in the week.
The investigation also found that the pit was not of a standard design and should have been at least 300m deeper, a factor that could have contributed to the incident.