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Wind Farm Fatality In Scotland

Posted: 16/04/2017

For any business, maintaining employee wellbeing and keeping your staff safe is paramount as well as ensuring you have workable and effective emergency response plans and procedures in place. This helps to ensure your business is prepared and your employees know what is expected of them, when an emergency or incident occurs. For businesses, keeping workers safe is a top priority and a serious accident in the workplace is every employer’s worst nightmare.

A serious accident occurred on the 15th March at the Kilgallioch Wind Farm, South Ayrshire near Barrhill, in which a construction worker fell, resulting in a fatality inside one of the 96 planned wind turbines, according to the Galloway Gazette.

The man in question was a 37 year old Portuguese national and was employed by a leading renewables business to work at the farm on one of its 480ft wind turbines. It is believe that he had managed to have fallen onto a platform within the turbine’s mast

Both the renewables company and the contractor are fully cooperating with the investigating police and health and safety executives, who are still trying to find out how this occurred and what could have happened in the lead up to this fatal accident.

All current work including construction of the wind turbines has been paused while the Scottish Police carry out their investigations although construction is set to be resumed later this year.

At the beginning of this year, during construction one turbine was weakened after some extreme weather conditions and collapsed, raising more questions about the health and safety of the site.