Articles filed under Safety

Dual deaths in wind turbine fire highlight hazards

San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob has voiced grave concerns over fire dangers posed by wind turbines in our backcountry, but other Supervisors ignored the fire risks, pushing through approve of the Tule Wind project as well as a County wind ordinance that opens up more rural areas for wind energy development. Yet these remote communites lack specialized firefighting forces such as the team used to ultimately quell the Netherlands wind turbine fire – and in on many days lately, have no fire station open at all, fueling growing safety concerns among residents.
31 Oct 2013

Windmill drama kills young mechanics

The windmill accident in Ooltgensplaat, where two young men died on Tuesday, is receiving a large amount of news coverage. Despite stricter safety requirements, the two engineers were trapped like rats. The two victims are 19-year-old Daan Kous and 21-year-old Arjan Kortus, are from strictly religious villages near Amersfoort. Their death has immersed the close community there in deep mourning.
31 Oct 2013

Jet fears for wind farm

In the consultation response Claire Duddy from the MoD said: “The turbines will be within the overlapping low flying areas of 13 and 20T where flight as low as 100ft is authorised. In conjunction with operations at RAF Spadeadam, aircraft are responding to air defence threat systems and the addition of turbines in this location is a flight safety hazard as well as compromising the ability to train.
11 Oct 2013

DTE explains broken turbine blade

“The cause for the blade breaking was a carbon failure at the 19-meter mark that was not formed properly,” Buda said. “Failure in the heating oven at the plant caused the blade to break later on.” ...properly made wind turbines can handle wind speeds up to 125 mph.
4 Oct 2013

Typhoon Usagi's message for Hong Kong's wind farms

Cctv-china_thumb Ng says the wind farms are unsightly and kill birds, and are an unreliable source of energy. He makes the point that the Shanwei wind farm operates at an average of 17 per cent to 18 per cent efficiency: "The government is silly to support this project - building this white elephant just for the sake of appearing to do something green, when in fact it is damaging the environment, and costing the community a lot of money in terms of higher fuel bills and higher costs to business. The only beneficiaries are the power companies."
1 Oct 2013

Fire chief fights school blaze as crews strike

Mr Webb said it was thought the school’s solar panels caused the fire, but that investigations were ongoing. “It was an extremely hot fire,” he said. “And it could have caused some substantial damage if we had not been available to do some fire-fighting.” Read more: Follow us: @thisisleics on Twitter | thisisleicestershire on Facebook  
26 Sep 2013

Unmanned barge almost hits Teesside offshore wind farm

Humber Coastguard was first contacted by the towing vessel just before 3am this morning, which reported that the barge was drifting after the tow had parted. The vessel had made a number of attempts to reconnect but was struggling to do so. The wind at the time was a North Westerley force 6 (25-30mph) with a 3-4 metre swell.
11 Sep 2013

Rooftop solar panels become new enemy of U.S. firefighters

Loved by the green movement, solar panels pose a growing threat to firefighters, who may suffer electrical shocks from panels that typically cannot be turned off, said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories. Even when systems are equipped with shutoffs, any light can keep panels and their wires energized.
5 Sep 2013

Wind turbine destroyed by wind

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.
4 Sep 2013

How 40mph winds wrecked this turbine

Turbine_destroyed_in_highwinds_thumb 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.
4 Sep 2013
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