Turbine Cowboys

The Wind may be free but turbines are expensive to maintain and dangerous. The comments on this video may not reflect our meaning of ‘cowboy’ as in cowboy builders but it does reflect that turbines are not just nice benign structures that make nice clean electricity. They take LIVES. They leave widows and children who will never know their fathers. Is this not another case too far? Wind Farm Accidents. The government admits that HSE does not keep a record of all wind farm accidents in the UK. Worldwide accidents statistics are hidden by the developers, installers and manufacturers. Only by the words of those that work within the industry can we glean any idea of the true extent of the problem. All new developments involve risk. History tells us how many men died on building the Forth Bridge and how many on building the Hydros. However as we have learnt to value life more we have improved our standards and whilst we may laugh at the more inane excesses of ‘elf and safety, the UK standards for industrial safety have never been higher. With most installation done by foreign contractors seemingly outside of the remit and control of the HSE, accidents have happened. How many and how serious is difficult to be sure. They say that you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs but these are not eggs, they are people and the eggs are all rather putrid.


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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