The Fulton Hogan ute was partially submerged in the oxidation pond at Heriot, West Otago, on Tuesday morning. Photo supplied.
Two Fulton Hogan workers had a lucky escape on Tuesday
morning when their utility vehicle went into the Heriot
Heriot Volunteer Fire Brigade senior firefighter Gary
MacKenzie said the utility vehicle had rolled into the sewage
pond. Both occupants had climbed out by the time the brigade
arrived shortly before 11.30am.
When contacted by the Otago Daily Times, Fulton Hogan
regional manager Richard Fulton said the two contractors had
been checked out and were ''OK''.
He said an investigation into the cause of the incident would
be carried out.
The oxidation pond on the outskirts of the West Otago
township is owned by the Clutha District Council and services
about 75 homes.
Council district assets manager Jules Witt said the pond was
about 1.5m deep, and was the smallest of all the council's
He said the two contractors were shaken by the incidents but
were otherwise unharmed.
''The important thing is to remember that they are OK.''
The council was awaiting the results of Fulton Hogan's
making a decision on whether preventive measures were needed,
Mr Witt said.
''We have to look at the exact cause of the incident and see
if anything needs to be done to prevent it happening again.''