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The giant blade of a wind turbine fell from the truck that was transporting it on Tuesday morning, squashing the cabin of another truck and completely shutting down traffic on a busy motorway.
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.
On December 24, 2015, a Vestas wind turbine collapsed in Lemnhult, Sweden. More than a year later, the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority has launched its report. The full report, in Swedish, can be accessed by clicking the links on this page. An English summary which is also provded in the report is posted below. Images of the collapsed Vestas V112 turbine can be found here.
The wind was blowing hard over the last few days in the southern Italian peninsula, so strong that a wind turbine disintegrated under the force.
On February 5, 2017 in Aquilonia, town in the province of Avellino in the Campania region of Southern Italy, a wind turbine near the road began to turn very fast, then disintegrated, throwing pieces around and forcing the car drivers to make a U-turn. The scene was filmed by some citizens by chance and then spread through the social networks.
The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage.
They are used to generate electricity but this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a sharp-eyed snapper after appearing to keel over.
The reason for the crash and the identity of the pilot both remained unclear by Thursday afternoon. But the plane reportedly hit the wind turbine at a height of 40 metres in relatively clear air.
The astonishing structural failure of the £2 million machine has prompted demands for information by the community in Barrhill. Scottish Power Renewables failed to alert the public to the incident for seven days. ...“Debris was spread over half a kilometre and a crane was been brought in to try and clear the damage.
A wind turbine has collapsed in the south-west of Scotland, BBC Scotland understands. The incident happened at Kilgallioch wind farm early last Friday. An investigation has been launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
According to a hunter, a major incident occurred Wednesday morning at the Nurlu wind farm: a blade rolled out of the rotor and was shredded into several pieces on the ground.
Energy giant Innogy is investigating after one of its wind turbines was destroyed by a fire. ...a study backed by Imperial College has suggested they may be more common than is thought.
A wind turbine burned for hours in Hamina as firefighters watched helplessly. Image:
In Hamina, some 50 kilometres to the south, fire destroyed a wind power generator early Friday. As the blaze occurred at a height of about 100 metres, firefighters were unable to combat it.
On the evening of the 6 January 2017, Emergency Services were called to Knabs Ridge wind farm, near to Harrogate.
A blade has been blown off a Vestas turbine at Bindesbol, western Denmark during storm Urd, local publication Dagbladet Ringkobing-Skjern reported last week.
In the past four weeks, four giant power-generating wind turbines in Germany have either toppled over or experienced broken rotary blades. Now the question is: How safe are wind turbines really?
So far the investigation has found that one of three blades failed catastrophically, thus creating a huge imbalance that caused the tower to buckle 15 meters above the ground and led to the structure crashing down. ...The incident comes weeks after a similar turbine collapse in the Mecklenburg Pommeria town of Süderholz.