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Worker killed during crane testing at 624-MW Rock Island Dam hydro project in U.S.

Edward “Eddie” Bromiley was killed Wednesday, June 13, when a piece of steel from the spillway structure struck him while he was helping perform crane testing at the 624-MW Rock Island Dam hydro project.

Bromiley was a technician for the central maintenance group at Chelan County Public Utility District. He worked for Chelan PUD since 2000, with positions as apprentice wireman, journeyman and meter relay technician.

Chelan PUD’s board of commissioners authorized staff to move forward with updated plans for modernizing Units B1-B4 at Rock Island Dam in January 2017.

Rock Island was the first dam on the Columbia River, and the first powerhouse was completed in 1933, with a second powerhouse added in 1979.

Chelan PUD also owns the 1,300-MW Rocky Reach and 59-MW Lake Chelan hydroelectric plants.