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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

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

Anglesey wind turbines catch fire in storm

Angleseyturbinefire-6706029_thumb Mrs Shortman said another turbine caught fire on the other side of her house 20 minutes later. "I've never seen it happen before. There were sparks coming off the turbines. I was worried they might set the other turbines on fire. After an hour, they seemed to burn themselves out, but were still flickering as if they might start again. The hubs of the turbines are all burnt today, but they're still spinning."
13 Feb 2014

Wind turbine blade shears off

A blade that flew off a wind turbine into a field earmarked for development could have killed someone, says a Copeland councillor. The high winds were so strong last Thursday that an arm of the turbine at Seascale School flew off and landed 200 yards away in a field.
12 Dec 2013

Fears for RAF pilots halt plan for huge windfarm

Military top brass are becoming increasingly worried about the number of turbines in the region and have told the Scottish Government that a proposed development near Keith could jeopardise the safety of fast jets returning to the Lossiemouth base at up to 500mph.
30 Nov 2013

Probe launched after man falls from Bacup wind turbine

“We were called out at 2.38 to Flower Scar Road near Todmorden. “A man had fallen inside the turbine. Police, fire and ambulance attended. He was taken to Preston hospital for non-life threatening injuries. “The incident has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”
24 Nov 2013

UK wind farms put on alert after series of GE blade failures; GE investigating blade failure crisis

The company has installed over 20,000 wind turbines worldwide and has received several orders for the high performance 1.6-100 turbine in the UK. To date, GE has supplied or is under contract to supply more than 163.10 MWs of wind turbines to the UK. Fears of a flaw in the huge structures could be costly to the company and heighten public safety concerns.
23 Nov 2013

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