A fatal work accident occurred on Wednesday evening at the power plant construction site of Tiroler Wasserkraft AG (TIWAG) in Kühtai. A detonator capsule had been drilled for as yet unknown cause. The subsequent detonation had devastating consequences.
It happened in the course of the underground tunneling work to a bypass tunnel: a detonator was drilled through for a previously unknown cause. A violent detonation was the result. A worker from the construction consortium was fatally injured. The exact circumstances of the accident were not known for the time being.
The shock among colleagues and representatives at TIWAG is deep. “We are all deeply affected,” said TIWAG board director Johann Herdina in an initial statement and expressed his condolences to the bereaved relatives of the victim. The surveys on the cause of the accident have been initiated, the work in the tunnel is currently suspended.