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CANADA: Arc Flash at SIAST

Regina, Canada: SIAST building at Wascana Campus in Regina will remain closed Wednesday after an electrical surge Monday caused blacked out power for all of Tuesday.  The Canadian Security Exam scheduled for this evening will be held at the SIAST Wascana Parkway Centre. Daytime Basic Education and ESL classes have been transferred to the SIAST Wascana Parkway Centre until power is restored.

Around 9:30 Monday night, a 29-year-old man was working on an upgrade being done to the electrical system of the building.  What happened next is being described as an arc-flash incident.  The man was sent to hospital but he will be fine. As of Tuesday night the power was still out at the building.  “We’re not even 100 percent certain that it was an arc flash,” explained Richard Murray with the Ministry of Central Services, “I’ve heard the term arc flash bandied about here today.  But until the investigation is complete, I’m not even certain if that’s what we’re facing here.” The building is run by the province.  Murray added that there is no danger to the public or students.

All normal operations were shut down at the building Tuesday including a couple of summer classes. A few summer classes were temporarily moved to SIAST’s Wascana Parkway Centre.
Tuesday evening, the school announced the main building would remain shut down for Wednesday as well.

Story via cjme.com

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