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The investigation has shown that the fire at the Piet de Wit wind farm of the Deltawind cooperative was probably caused by a short circuit. Although the employees had removed the electrical voltage from a large part of the turbine, a dropped tool could result in a short circuit. The employees then probably tried to extinguish the fire, and then probably could no longer reach the - narrow - escape route.
The police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are carrying out a joint investigation, the two authorities confirmed. In a blog post published on 29 January, law firm Thomsons Scotland wrote that the 74-year-old man was a security guard at the wind farm.
A man has died after becoming stranded in heavy snow, without heat or power, while working on a wind farm. The 74-year-old security guard and a 42-year-old colleague were working on Sunday at Afton Wind Farm, which is under construction near New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, when there was a power cut.
This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes.
Serco believes the 200MW wind farm could, in its current design, have a "significant impact" on the approach to and climb out from the North Mainland airport, with potential for communication problems with planes and helicopters.
Bouin, FRANCE - Wind is normally good news for wind turbines, but the recent high winds brought by Storm Carmen was too much for one 260-tonne machine in western France.
The smoke development was enormous; Cause was likely due to an electrical short. Two men were taken to a hospital by rescue helicopters.
One of the containers of the park of batteries of electricity storage on the site of Engie with Drogenbos caught fire on Saturday morning. While the fire was contained, the incident caused a release of toxic gas into the air. The municipality of Drogenbos asked residents to keep their windows and doors closed.
Campaigners say the turbine is too close to the road and the decision to allow it to be built there was taken by unelected officials against the objections of the local MP and Devon County Council.
One of seven wind turbines on the island of Pag, in Croatia, collapsed after high winds hit this Croatian island on Friday. So far, the exact cause of the turbine collapse is unknown, but it is assumed that one blade had broken first, which disturbed the balance of the construction, Croatian media reported.
CROATIA -- Zadar County is among the leaders in the production of electricity from renewable sources, mostly wind power plants. But they are now - one turbine less. At the first facility erected in Croatia, a wind turbine collapsed in the middle of a strong wind.
An explosion was heard prior to the fire at the Dutch wind farm, Zeewolde, which is one of the country's largest; Two technicians were on the site when the accident happened.
Two technicians were injured when a windmill in Zeewolde they were working on caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. They sustained injuries on their hands, AD report.
A test version of MHI Vestas' V164 turbine, the world's most powerful wind turbine at 9 megawatts, has caught fire.
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Nairn yesterday after two specialist lorries carrying massive wind turbine parts were forced to stop on a busy north road.
The blade was knocked across the entire width of the autobahn when another lorry ran into the back of one of the transporter’s escort vehicles.
The giant blade of a wind turbine fell from the truck that was transporting it on Tuesday morning, squashing the cabin of another truck and completely shutting down traffic on a busy motorway.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At around 10.10am, police and emergency services responded to reports of a 32-year-old man having fallen from a turbine at the Whitelee Windfarm. "He was pronounced dead at the scene and his relatives have been informed.
The 37-year-old fell to his death inside a 480ft Scottish Power wind turbine he was helping to build and was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have fallen onto a platform within the turbine’s mast.
A spokesman for Gamesa, the company contracted to build the wind farm by Scottish Power, said: "Gamesa is conducting a thorough investigation together with the authorities to establish the root cause of this fatal accident. ...In January, one of the 96 turbines being installed at Kilgallioch collapsed in a storm.