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Maintenance worker dies on Caithness wind farm

News.Scotsman|September 16, 2009
United Kingdom (UK)Safety

A man has died in an accident while carrying out maintenance at a wind farm today. It is understood the man was working high up on one of the turbines but did not fall. Police were called at around 9.15am to the Causeymire Wind Farm, south of Spittal, near the A9 in Caithness.


A man has died in an accident while carrying out maintenance at a wind farm today. It is understood the man was working high up on one of the turbines but did not fall.

Police were called at around 9.15am to the Causeymire Wind Farm, south of Spittal, near the A9 in Caithness.

A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said: "Police inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been made aware of the incident.
"No details of the deceased will be issued until all next of kin have been informed."

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said it was called at 9.11am today with a report that a man was unconscious and stuck on a turbine.

Three fire engines were sent to the wind farm but left the scene when it was confirmed the worker had died at 10.25am.

RWE npower renewables owns the wind farm.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said: "RWE npower renewables has regretfully been informed of a fatality at one of its operating wind farms today.

"The incident involved a contractor at Causeymire Wind Farm in Thurso, Scotland.

"Our thoughts at this time are very much with the individual's family.

"The cause of the incident is being investigated by RWE npower renewables and we will be fully co-operating with the Health and Safety Executive."


Source:http://news.scotsman.com/late…

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