Wind Turbine Accident -53-year-old ma...

Wind Turbine Accident -53-year-old man hurt

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Dec 14, 2012

53-year-old man hurt in 20-foot fall in Hanover
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Rescue workers treat a worker who fell inside a wind turbine at the Hanover water treatment facility on Washington Street on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Dec 14, 2012 @ 10:48 AM
Last update Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:29 AM
A worker has been rescued after falling 20 feet inside he new Hanover wind turbine Friday morning.

The man was taken to South Shore Hospital. Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard said he's conscious and in stable condition, but didn't identify the worker or give details of his injuries.

The victim is a 53-year-old man. Blanchard said he's not a town employee.

The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. Friday. Initial reports said he fell 40 feet, but Blanchard said he actually fell from 60 feet inside the turbine tower onto a platform 40 feet off the turbine floor.

The 210-foot-high, cylindrical turbine tower is located next to the town’s water treatment plant on Pond Street. Its startup has been delayed for months by problems, so no machinery was operating at the time of the accident.

Blanchard declined to describe the work the man was doing, or whether he was wearing a harness at the time. An investigator from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the scene Friday morning.

Hanover firefighters and police were assisted by a 28-person crew from the Plymouth County Technical Rescue team. Duxbury Fire Chief Kevin Nord, the county rescue team's supervisor, said this is the first wind turbine accident in which the team has been involved.

Hanover firefighters have done rescue training at the new turbine site.

"The space itself is very unique," Nord said. "It's cramped and confined."

The $790,000 turbine was built and tested in India, and was expected to begin generating power to run the treatment plant earlier this year. Its operation has been delayed for months by control system problems and a defective pressure switch.

Lane Lambert may be reached at [email protected]

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Dec 14, 2012
The Massachusetts Military Reservation (Otis Air National Guard Base) received and installed its 1.5-MW Fuhrlander turbine in late fall 2009. The total costs including engineering 5 million .Today,three years later the turbine has a gear box failure.It's repair costs are being kept secret!
Secret from the public!

Since early this year the officials at Otis ANG Base have known about the gear box failure in which no financial statements or data has been revealed to the public.It's quite possible the commercial wind turbine may cost more to fix every three to five years and will have to be replaced.

This turbine is an embarrassment to all the local politicians and federal government officials who dedicated the turbine on December 2,2009. The turbine is an economic catastrophic failure.

October 1,2012 the agency in charge of the commercial wind turbine changed its name to: Air Force Civil Engineer Center

The gear box was made by the same company that had gear box failures in Portsmouth ,Rhode Island and Princeton ,Massachusetts.

The cost of the repairs in Princeton three years later after the warranty costs over 600 thousand dollars . The turbine was built and finished December 15, 2009. The Portsmouth multi-million dollar wind turbine may have to be removed. The replacement gear box will only last three to five more years.

The commercial wind turbines are a financial fiasco.

The wind industry is hiding a dirty little secret that these turbines with a gear box don't even last five years !

This is taxpayer funds out the window

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