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The family of a security guard who died after becoming trapped in heavy snow on a remote wind farm are demanding answers about his death. ...The tragedy came less than a year after the death of a Portuguese worker at another Ayrshire wind farm. Antonio Joao Da Silva Linares, 37, died following an accident inside a turbine at Kilgallioch wind farm in March 2017.
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.
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.
The fishing vessel started sinking after it crashed into the wind turbine off the Cumbrian coast. One man sustained injuries in the incident.
One of the men, aged 58, suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“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).”
Investigators are still searching for answers to an accident which left one man crushed to death under a wind turbine. Engineer Per Terp, 42, from Norresundby, Denmark, died when he was trapped between a crane and part of a wind turbine at Harwich Port.
All five crew sustained injuries and a doctor was transferred to the vessel by lifeboat. The Island Panther made its way back to Wells where East of England Ambulance Service received the injured crew.
At Stirling Sheriff Court, manufacturer Nordex UK admitted a number of health and safety breaches on the site. The Manchester-based firm admitted that between 1 November 2006 and 22 May 2007 it failed to ensure the health and safety of employees at the wind farm.
A Coastguard spokesman said: "The helicopter went and winched him from the top of the turbine and took him straight to Ipswich Hospital. "They had to make sure from the people that run the wind farm that the blades were in a wide position and stopped. They rotated them so they were in a safe position.
A mobile crane driver was killed on Monday this week when his eight-axle crane came off a hillside road on a Lancashire wind farm project.
News is coming in of an accident at the Port of Harwich in the UK, where a crane has dropped a wind turbine blade this moning. We understand from people at the scene that a 45 tonne blade root was being lifted in an H-type lifting frame by the jack up vessel Sea Jack, when the frame gave way and dropped the load onto the banksman employed by Siemens.
A Norfolk action group has highlighted the lack of industry regulation on wind turbines by producing its own report. Campaign group 4Villages said there is a growing danger to the public from wind turbine accidents, with an increasing number of incidents worldwide involving giant turbines catching fire, losing propeller parts or shedding lumps of ice.
If Eco2’s application is approved at a planning meeting on Tuesday, four 410ft turbines – amongst the tallest in Britain – will be built on farmland overlooking the village GAG spokesman Bob Slater claims the incident in Scotland last month raises serious safety issues. A 200ft high turbine bent in half in 50mph winds, leaving its blades on the ground. Mr Slater also cites an example in Germany when a 10-metre fragment of rotor blade was sent spinning 200 metres through the air.
A 19-year-old construction worker has been killed after falling 100ft down the shaft of a windfarm turbine. The worker, thought to be Brazilian, was inside the turbine which was under construction at the Earlsburn windfarm in Touch Hills, near Stirling. The accident happened at about 1730 BST on Tuesday.
Tony Blair has long been known to favour a resurgence of nuclear power, and no matter how the Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks tries to spin it, that is exactly what this review is all about. Greenpeace clearly recognises it, which is why it wasted no time in staging a high-profile protest. The wind industry appears to have recognised it too. For all its attempts to show a brave face yesterday and urge the review to focus on renewables, the jitters were not hard to detect.