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"We can only watch," he said. "I 'send as many man out., The risk is incalculable. Because if what comes down, there is a 100 meters radius mortal danger from flying splinters." The commander did not rule out the risk of the wind turbine causing a forest fire.
Two blades were ripped from the 18m high turbine in the Scottish Highlands and thrown up to 60 yards away after it was hit by 40mph gales. A third was left badly buckled. The incident has led to calls for all wind turbines to be removed from school playgrounds in the Highlands as the council's safety trigger for turbines to be shut down currently stands at 80mph winds.
Two blades of the turbine were torn off altogether following storms last week, with one piece of debris estimated to have been thrown about 60 yards, after a suspected technical fault was 'magnified' by the wind. The incident has prompted calls for similar structures to be removed from nearby schools.
Although no one was injured in the Ardrossan event, it is still being scrutinised by the UK government's Health and Safety Executive, which polices workplace safety. "We're in the middle of an investigation to see whether a criminal offence has been committed," says Karl Turner, spokesman for the HSE.
"Fire crews were on the scene for six hours before the incident was handed over to the operator of the turbine." It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
Walkers had a narrow escape as blades on a wind turbine ripped off in high winds across common moor land. Walkers and local residents were stunned at what could have been a nasty accident and fear for further blade breakages.
A 90ft turbine in Aberdeenshire has fallen after being battered by 70mph gales. "It's worrying because there are so many turbines in this area. If someone had been walking by when this came down it could have been very serious."
A technical examination is being carried out to try to establish how a large wind turbine near Maas, close to the Ardara area of Co Donegal, came crashing down on Thursday. While winds were heavy at the time it was nonetheless understood that these turbines were engineered to withstand such conditions.
In a statement to Donegal Daily, Vestas confirmed the turbine near Maas – between Ardara and Glenties – collapsed at 5pm last Friday in what it called ‘very high winds’.
The 64m-high turbine 'snapped' and fell over at a wind farm in the remote townland of Maas, between the Co Donegal villages of Glenties and Ardara. It came during a weekend of freak late-March weather, which saw thousands of homes in the North plunged into darkness as high winds and snow hit east Ulster and north Leinster.
One of nine Vestas V52-850KW turbines collapsed in high winds at the Loughderryduff project in Ireland. The project has been operational since 2010.
"While there was no malfunction or abnormality with the turbine or tower, there was a problem with the structural grout and the manner in which the tower was fixed to the foundation that affected the durability of the anchor rods resulting in the tower collapse."
The manufacturer of a wind turbine which collapsed in north Cornwall has written to other owners over concerns about the turbine towers' construction. Scottish firm Gaia-Wind has identified a potential problem ...It has written to the owners of 15 of the same turbines to help "in checking their foundation fixing systems for reassurance".
The Canadian manufacturer of a large wind turbine which toppled during gales has denied the device was faulty, following an internal investigation. But the collapse in Devon last week has prompted a fresh probe by the firm into the safety of 20 identical models, including some at sites in the Westcountry.
Local resident Sheila Lawes said people in the area are concerned about the dangers if a turbine gets damaged. Another turbine was about to be erected at nearby Piper's Pool and a fresh investigation has now been launched after a second tower was said to have been toppled during high winds in North Cornwall.
Manufacturer Dulas said it did not suspect sabotage but a full investigation is underway. Bradworthy Parish Council chairman Margaret Coles said: "We know the bolts are gone but don't know what caused it." ..."I don't know how someone would sabotage them because the bolts were under the concrete.
Safety concerns have been raised over wind turbines and a fresh investigation has now been launched after a second tower was said to have been toppled during high winds in Cornwall. ...In the House of Commons yesterday, Energy Secretary Ed Davey warned wind farm operators to make sure their equipment is safe.
Apart from being ugly, noisy, expensive, inefficient, destructive to wildlife and incapable of doing the one thing that notionally they're supposed to do - "reduce CO2" - they are also BLOODY DANGEROUS.
Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns about safety."
Blades from an 18m high wind turbine have snapped off after a night of heavy rain and winds. The turbine in a field near Bishop Auckland was built last year after planning permission was granted in November, 2011.