Well folks, you don’t see this every day! And that is the point. Despite wind turbines being very large structures transmitting vast stresses through their towers, collapses, whilst not unheard of are relatively infrequent. However reports from residents close to Screggan Wind Farm by Fintona in County Tyrone suggest there was something very wrong which caused this collapse. Did the brakes fail and an overspeed cause the collapse? Look at the debris field note the pieces embedded in the ground. This was at some distance from the turbine. What this most definitely proves is that turbines can fail and when they do it is both spectacular and highly dangerous. And yet councils like Fife are still planning to put them in parks and Highland Council have sited them in schools. Setback are routinely ignored for small(?) on farm turbines and for many larger schemes. The Right to Roam; access rights legislation; has resulted in cycle paths and walking routes been provided through wind farms in mitigation. Several other countries including France, Canada and in some US states ban people from wind farms due to safety. Legislation in Scotland would need a coach and horses dragged through it to ban access to wind farm. So we have a situation that it is known that wind turbines can spectacularly collapse and yet we encourage people to walk through wind farms. In a risk averse society such as we now live in this is perverse. As I started, wind turbine collapses are far from routine but they do happen. Wind turbines can catch fire and are virtually impossible to fight due to their height. One day we will have a fire which becomes a wild fire destroying tens of thousands of acres and who will be held to account them. The HSE? But they tell us wind turbines are outside their remit? They are an industrial site and I have never heard of any factory being outside a health and safety remit! No, they don’t happen every day but are we not sleep walking to a potential catastrophe. Well when it happens, and it will, we will know exactly who to blame: the planners, the politicians and the developers. And who will carry the can. The local residents who will be directly impacted.