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Ship master given hefty fine for wind farm collision off Norfolk

While passing through the wind farm, he failed to notice that one of the turbine towers' lights was not lit up and hit the tower head on at approximately 12 knots.  Mr Whinfrey and his fellow crewman were thrown forward, hitting the control consul, while passengers below were flung across the cabin.
3 Sep 2014

Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn

Study backed by Imperial Turbines are prone to catching on fire because their design puts highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastic in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires, which can ignite a fire if they overheat or are faulty.College finds wind turbines prone to "catastrophic" fires but the true scale of the problem is unknown.
17 Jul 2014

Inquiry over teen who fell 100ft down wind turbine

A worker told a fatal accident inquiry today how for seven years he had thought “constantly” about a teenager whose hand he had held as he lay dying in a pool of blood after falling around 100 feet down a turbine shaft during the construction of a Scottish wind farm.
23 Jun 2014

Hampshire wind farm refused over MoD concerns

It recommended refusal on the grounds that the turbines would pose a hazard to military aircraft, as the area is used by the Ministry of Defence for low flying training. Officers also judged the location to be unsuitable due to the impact the turbines would have on the operations of the Chilbolton Observatory Advanced Meteorological Radar.
17 Jun 2014

Air traffic control concern set to ground wind farm plan

An objection from National Air Traffic Services stated it "would have an unacceptable impact on the performance of its Pailton Air-Ground-Air Voice Communications systems which could in turn jeopardise aviation safety and efficiency". ...the reason for refusal "cannot be overcome or mitigated against".
26 Apr 2014

Echtrop windmill bursts into flames

A Vestas 67-meter-high wind turbine burst into flames late Friday night causing a loss of around 1.2 million euros. The cause of fire is still unknown. The Vestas 1.65 megawatt turbine located between Echtrop and Bergede drew 20 firefighters to the scene. Personal safety was a priority so the task force could only wait at some distance from the turbine to see how things would develop.
21 Feb 2014

Offshore windfarms 'wild west' of renewable energy, union warns

Nautilus has dubbed the sector that operates boats for the UK's offshore windfarms the "wild west" of renewable energy. The union says basic safety rules are not being enforced, bullying and harassment are commonplace, crews lack training and are often forced to work in sea conditions beyond recommended limits. ...there is solid evidence of widespread malpractice and says Hammond's comments "smack of complacency."
14 Feb 2014
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