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Giant Wind Turbines Collapse During Gales

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Two giant Vestas wind turbines in the UK collapsed within weeks of each other in an indication there may be a serial failure in Vestas turbines taking place. The firm has insisted there are no major problems with their structures. An executive from Vestas Wind Systems gave theā€¦

Two giant Vestas wind turbines in the UK collapsed within weeks of each other in an indication there may be a serial failure in Vestas turbines taking place. The firm has insisted there are no major problems with their structures. An executive from Vestas Wind Systems gave the reassurance after it emerged that one of its turbines had fallen in Scotland just weeks before the most recent incident near Caldbeck in Cumbria. They have launched investigations into the incidents. The global manufacturer has produced about 35,000 turbines since being formed in the 1970s.

Most recently, a 100ft steel turbine collapsed at J Stobart and Sons animal feed mill, Hesket Newmarket, on December 28. It had been helping to provide power to the mill for 19 years. A six-year-old Vestas V47 turbine toppled at Scottish Power’s Beinn an Tuirc windfarm at Kintyre on November 8. The 200ft mast bent in half and crumpled to the ground after being hit by a 50mph gust.

The Health and Safety Executive suggested precautionary measures are carried out.

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