26 April 2023

Work resumes on Snowy 2.0 project after fatal crash

| Gail Eastaway
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A driver contracted to Future Generation Joint Venture (FGJV) died in a truck accident near Adaminaby on Monday. Photo: LiveTraffic NSW.

Work has resumed on the Snowy 2.0 project after it was paused on Monday to honour a truck driver who died in a single-vehicle crash south of Adaminaby.

The accident occurred just after 1 pm on Monday on the Snowy Mountains Highway about 40 kilometres west of Cooma.

Several emergency service crews attended the accident. On arrival at the scene, officers attached to Monaro Police District were told a truck had crashed and rolled, trapping the driver.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended, however the driver died at the scene.

The driver’s identity has not been formally released. He was a Future Generation subcontractor aged in his 50s.

The truck involved was one of those used to transport cement tunnel lining segments from the factory at Polo Flat, Cooma, to Snowy 2.0 tunnelling sites.

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A statement released by Future Generation Joint Venture (FGJV) on Monday, said, “It is with great sadness that Future Generation Joint Venture (FGJV) advises that there has been a fatal road accident involving one of our subcontractors on the Snowy 2.0 project.

“A segment truck owned by FGJV, has unfortunately suffered a single-vehicle accident on the Snowy Mountains Highway near Adaminaby earlier today.

“FGJV extends its condolences to the driver’s family, friends and co-workers and our thoughts are with them at this sad and difficult time.

“To honour the memory of our co-worker, all Snowy 2.0 project sites have temporarily ceased operations and work will not resume until night shift Tuesday 25 April.

“Arrangements have been made for our workforce to access confidential counselling and support from dedicated clinicians.

“This is a tragic incident for the Snowy 2.0 project and Future Generation is focused on supporting our workforce during this time. Safety and the wellbeing of our workforce will always remain the main priority of Future Generation and our JV partners,” the statement read.

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Snowy Hydro CEO Dennis Barnes said the incident was incredibly distressing.

“This is a tragic event and we are supporting our Snowy 2.0 principal contractor, Future Generation Joint Venture (FGJV), our teams and all those impacted in the community at this very sad and difficult time.”

The accident scene was forensically examined, as police commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

This was the second truck crash in the region in a week.

On Friday 22 April, a truck and a coach collided head-on near Providence Portal, on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

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