Boy dies in storm clear-up

A 16-year old boy died last week as he was helping to clear up after the recent storms, according to Dagens Nyheter.

The boy and his father were working together as contractors for the power company Elektro Sandberg. They were told no cables at the site were live, but when the boy touched one he was electrocuted.

He suffered serious burns and later died in hospital. It is still unknown to what extent the father was injured, but according to DN he is recovering in hospital. Health and safety officers fear safety regulations may have been broken and intend to investigate the incident.

“Amongst other things it is not allowed for a 16-year old to work with high power cables or to work at heights,” said Johan Aspegren, information officer at the power company Elektro Sandberg.

“A cable that needs repairing is not supposed to be live and this is something we have to investigate. It’s a very tragic accident,” he added.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter


‘Hurricane’ Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

Trees were felled to the ground, train traffic was halted, and thousands were left without power as the remnants of Hurricane Katia swept through Sweden on Tuesday.

'Hurricane' Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

The storm winds from Katia will linger in northern areas even on Wednesday, although meteorological office SMHI has downgraded its class one weather warning.

The storm swept in as expected over Sweden’s west coast on Tuesday morning.

Strong winds brought down trees across rail tracks and overhead power lines. Well into Tuesday evening continued Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) working furiously to restore power and to get delayed trains back in the storm track.

Road traffic was also affected in some areas after trees fell across roads.

The wind also caused thousands of power outages in areas spanning Västra Götaland, Värmland, Örebro, Östergötland and Södermanland.

“When there are a lot of interruptions which succeed each other, it may eventually lead to congestion on the lines and that cause new disruptions,” said Mary Lydzell at energy firm Vattenfall’s press service.

The windy weather was expected to persist on Wednesday.

“It is moving quite slowly and quite deep. But it is going to ease off out by the west coast and then continue to slowdown as it pushes across the country, further east,” said Emil Björck, meteorologist at SMHI.

Tuesday’s storm peaked at around 3pm on the west coast with some islands experiencing average wind speed at 80 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 105 kilometres per hour.

The storm peaks at 90 kilometres per hour and a hurricane is defined as being above 115 kilometres per hour.