Two workers die when turbine catches fire

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One person was found dead immediately, and two other mechanics survived the incident. In the turbine there were four mechanics when the fire broke out. The fourth mechanic had been missing.  The fire rescue team conducted an inspection from the outside of the wind turbine and searched the whole evening. He was eventually found at the top of the tower. The fire started in the top of the 67 meter high wind. It is a cooperative Delta Wind turbine in the wind farm Piet de Wit at Ooltgensplaat (Holland). The police have just announced that the two men are fatalities.” Source

19 thoughts on “Two workers die when turbine catches fire

  1. So these are typical of the employment opportunities offered by the wind turbines pushers…and given the typical 500 ft height of these turbines, it seems all the fire depts can do is let it burn, and just try to prevent surrounding lands/buildings from damage/contamination.

    • Unfortunately, a different form of collateral damage, something the wind industry can relate to when it comes to putting people in harm’s way.

    • So these are typical of the employment opportunities offered by the wind turbines pusher

      If so then most people who worked on wind turbines have died and we should publicize this… I don’t suppose that you have definitive stats for this…???

      Just askin’

      • I made inquiries at one point in time with various levels of government, if serious harm events in regards to wind turbine operations or installations statistics were available, but was told most are recorded within generic categories of reporting events such as “falls, entrapment/entanglement with equipment, or confirmed space adverse events” within standard occupational and health safety stats.

        The only place I know collecting data specific to wind industry adverse events is a blog recording events from media reports http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/page4.htm

        Trying to find information from insurance providers as to actual events recorded for the wind industry was also not readily available.

        If anyone has better or more information, I and many others are all ears.

      • With the mad rush to get these wind factories up, before even more of the general population become aware of the horrors, makes me think the workers’ risk of injury/death may exceed that of fishermen.

    • Linda,
      In Ontario workplace accidents and deaths are taken very seriously by the government. I hope we can all understand why.

      Some people that I trust have told me there have been serious accidents, injuries and one death that I have heard of. They are in such a rush to get projects done worker safety is often compromised.

      The court records are found here
      http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/courtbulletins.php

      I get the feeling the government is keeping everything quiet for the wind industry because the accidents never appear in the records.

      If anyone knows a construction worker for wind tell them to be careful.

  2. Don’t know about other places but in Ontario IWTs are not inspected. So no one knows if the wiring, ladders, etc. meet industrial safety standards.
    Insurace companies don’t release accident information to the public.

  3. Funeral homes will now be added to the government’s list of ‘green jobs.’ Condolences to the families.

  4. FYI. I work with someone in Ontario who had worked on IWTs for a year. Then came back cause the job wasn’t what he expected. Anyway each employee has a safety rope (in a can). Weighs about 100 pounds. They are not required to carry them up but typically he and his co worker would winch one up when the first employee arrived at the top. If this situation were to happen u can hook the rope to an external hook and catapult down from the outside. However even if these employees in this incident had one they still may not have been able to get to it. It is unfortunate that 2 young lives were lost but I would figure the same safeties were available to them. (Maybe they need to put the rope on the outside platform where it is needed rather than at the top but inside. Just my speculation). May they rest in peace

  5. The ages were 19 and 21.
    Wonder if lack of experience had something to do with it?
    How much training is required to work on one of these things.

  6. It takes quite a few minutes to climb up or down those 100 metre ladders. And depending on the nature of the fire this could involve the ladders as well. Escape from IWTs is difficult.
    Yet the governmnet allowed IWTs to be built without inspection.

  7. Every wind turbine is equipped with a safety decent device located in the nacelle for unfortunate situations like this.

    • If a fire breaks out you only have about 3mins to escape out of the nacelle and descend using the milan safety device. Only two people can descend at any one time so if there’s more than two people the rest don’t really stand a chance. I know this as i have just completed my wind farm safety training. There should be more than one milan in the nacelle so everyone has a chance to escape. RIP to the lads

  8. Why not have a secondary escape plan. Have a hitch at the top and a long fire-retardant rope you could throw down, wouldn’t cost much and would have saved the lives of these two.

  9. Two Vestas V80 turbine fire happened on the Blue Canyon II site with in 7 months during 2013, On EDPR site, Covered up and not reported to any news source. One on April 4th 2013 in fog and one on Nov 22nd in the early evening. Vestas told employees not to discuss, say or tell anyone of these 2 turbine fires, In 2013 I was told vestas had several turbine fires that year. Since the blue canyon site started in 2005 they have had 3 turbine fires no injuries on any of the Blue Canyon fires.

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