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Vodafone to Pay $37,400 in Damages After Base Station hit by Lightning

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Vodafone's Maltese subsidiary has been ordered to pay compensation to an insurance firm after a lightning strike hit one of its towers and damaged the building it was mounted on. The Vodafone antenna was struck by a lightning bolt during a storm in February 2002, which was installed on the Millenia building in Marsa, Malta.

The lightning bolt travelled down the cables and caused damages costed at EUR 26,865 (US$37,400) to the building it. The damages were covered by Vodafone's insurance with GasanMamo, but the insurance firm later sued, claiming that Vodafone's precautions against damage were not sufficient.

An expert testified in court that while Vodafone had installed an earthing system, this was not adequate in the case of lightning strikes.

Justice Joseph Azzopardi, declared Vodafone had taken a risk and had to pay for the damages as well as interest on the insurance payment.

On the web: Malta Today

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