Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wind turbine kills man

A reminder from Oregon that accidents don't just happen at coal mines:
Man killed after wind tower collapses - KOMO TV, Seattle.
The incident happened about 4 p.m. at a wind farm about six miles east of the town of Wasco in Sherman County . . . Portland-based PPM Energy owns the wind farm but Florida-based Siemens Power Generation manufactured and owns the wind turbine tower that collapsed. . .
UPDATE: Germany's Der Spiegel magazine has been looking at a spate of turbine troubles in recent years:
After the industry's recent boom years, wind power providers and experts are now concerned. The facilities may not be as reliable and durable as producers claim. Indeed, with thousands of mishaps, breakdowns and accidents having been reported in recent years, the difficulties seem to be mounting.
See: The Dangers of Wind Power - Der Speigel [English language]

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