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Three workers undertaking concreting works on the light rail track reported feeling a tingling sensation in their arms as they were jackhammering on January 31.
Canberra Metro said work was stopped after the incident and it undertook "a rigorous investigation" and made improvements to work practices.
A light rail vehicle is tested on Northbourne Avenue.CREDIT:KARLEEN MINNEY
It is understood concrete was being removed at the time because of water ponding issues on the route.
A Canberra Metro and Transport Canberra and City Services directorate spokesman said the workers were not injured.
He said the tingling sensation was "a direct result of the construction work being undertaken in a rail environment at the time", but did not elaborate further on the cause.
"Canberra Metro immediately ceased all works in the area and as a precaution requested the three workers attend a medical check at Calvary Hospital to assure their health and wellbeing," the spokesman said.
"The workers were discharged as fit for work with no injuries."
WorkSafe ACT was notified and representatives attended the site, but did not issue a notice to stop work.
The spokesman said Canberra Metro ceased works regardless and started an investigation, which included testing of the rail track and all equipment.
"The works being undertaken included deep jackhammering of the rail track slab and installation of new concrete," he said.
"At no time were the workers at risk of harm, and there is no risk to members of the public.
"The light rail tracks are safe to touch, to walk on, and cycle over."
The spokesman said work practices on the light rail project had been altered as a result of the incident.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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