1,500 accidents and incidents on UK wind farms

The wind energy industry has admitted that 1,500 accidents and other incidents have taken place on wind farms over the past five years.
By Edward Malnick and Robert Mendick, Telegraph
The figures – released by RenewableUK, the industry’s trade body – include four deaths and a further 300 injuries to workers.  The scale of incidents – equivalent to almost one a day – emerges following the publication of dramatic photographs showing one turbine which had crashed to the ground in a field near a road and another exploding into flames, caused by 150mph winds which buffeted Scotland and northern England last week.  Read article

10 thoughts on “1,500 accidents and incidents on UK wind farms

  1. Maybe Ontario’s equivalent of the Workers’ Compensation Board should be concerned about worker safety and employer premiums that will disappear when the companies disappear; or will the Green/Greed Energy Act save them harmless?

  2. Note: Since the IWTs were classified as machines, not structures, there was “no obligation to report mechanical failures” over that five year period.

    • Nor windmills, they mill nothing either. Apparently they are machines when they like them to be, farms when it looks better and “Green” earth savers all the time, ha!
      Farm land has to be changed over and made industrial. We all know the truth, even if we don’t live next to one.

  3. Northern Europe has very few lightning problems compared to southwestern Ontario which is one of the lightning capitals of the world. IWTs are lightning rods and if 7,000-10,000 of them are installed here then it’s a good bet there will be lots of lightning problems associated with them.

    • I’m sure that most of the decision makers have never watched a real storm rolling across SW Ontario. You would hope they would know better.

  4. Here in Melancthon – the proposed Dufferin Wind Power Inc. proposed ‘farm’ – we get incredibly high winds – (being the highest point in Ontario.) These idiots must think that is a good thing – lots of wind = lots of revenue — er no THINK AGAIN. !!!
    Now, call me picky, or a ‘Doubting Thomas’ – but our winds will compare well to those in Scotland.
    I dont see revenue – I see fiery turbines, iced up blades, and turbine parts being scattered over a very large geographical area., depending on the wind speeds and velocity.
    How dangerous is that? And who will pay for the recovery / restoration of these monstrosities? The farmers who have signed up for these greedy deals, or the company?
    And – worst of all – what about possible injuries sustained from turbine parts????
    What a shame they cant go back to the drawing board and save us all from these perilous ‘green’ elephants (as opposed to white elaphants)

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