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HSENI - Screggagh Wind Turbine report

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, June 05, 2016 07:20:28
Email sent - Sat 04/06/2016 07:22
To - Liam.O',

Dear Sirs

I would like to point out a contradiction by the HSENI ref their Screggagh Wind TurbineReport.


The last sentence in paragraph 1 "The member of the public also alleged that there was debris from the stricken turbine strewn across the public road". i.e. at least 300 m to the east of the failed turbine.


page 8, paragraph 3 "There was a section of blade approximately 267 metres form WTG3 that had blown up towards the top of the mountainside (away form the Ecclesville Road) approximately 10 to 12 ft long and weighing approximately 10 kg." i.e nearly 600 m away from the road and 267 m WEST of the failed turbine.


1. Did the HSENI obtain evidence from witnesses to confirm that the allegations of debris spread across the public (Ecclesville) road was incorrect and should not be considered in detail by the wind turbine failure investigation? i.e. That the allegations of debris across the public road were false and malicious. Maybe the allegations were just honest mistakes by confused witnesses?

2. Would the HSENI's conclusion remain unchanged " …. HSENI still considers the risk to the public to remain low….", if the allegations that debris was "strewn across the public road" were actually true? i.e. Debris strewn 300 to the EAST of the failed turbine, rather than 267 m to the WEST of the failed turbine as stated in the HSENI report. It is noted that wind turbines WTG1 and WTG2 are a similar distance to the Ecclesville Road as the failed WTG3 turbine and thus present similar risks to the public. Moreover and more importantly there are WT Nationwide which have been installed a few metes from Motorways,Railways,in Schools and Hospitals , and close be to residential homes etc.

3. The report also suggest/claims that the "possible collapse " of a wind turbine because of rotor over-speed was not known at this time. Such comments are codswallop.

As you are aware, I have elevated my complaint to the ICO. This is not the first time a WT has collapsed from over speed, nor the last.

I am also of the view that the HSENI are in consort with 3rd parties to cover up serious crimes ref WT safety and the HSENI have misled the Irish Government.

This case has now been elevated to the ICO but I would envisage they will consider my complaint as vexatious under section 14-1 of the FOIA 2000.

It is only a matter of time before body bags are needed with a WT incident and then you might take this subject seriously.

This Screggagha WT Incident is of huge importance for public safety and should require the HSENI and the English counterparts to review the clearance distance regulations and if they do not, we will surely have a major catastrophe sooner rather than later.

For your information, action and files.

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Devon FOIA Campaigner

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RIDDOR/Wind Turbines

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, May 01, 2016 07:12:14
Email sent - 23/04/2016 07:41

Dear Mr Bradshaw

In appreciate such matters are outside your remit, but I wish to keep you informed of dangerous events which I claim threaten the general public and the environment.

I refer to the wind turbines which are non-complaint to HSE separation guidelines.

In particular I refer to the two wind turbines installed at:

1. Pennygillam Ind Est Launceston

2. Swanton Morely VC School in Norfolk.

I have reported these incidents, which I claim come under the Health and Safety Executive Reporting Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences ( RIDDOR) As you are aware, the HSE has imposed a lifetime ban against me for reporting H&S issues, hence I have no alternative other than to use the RIDDOR online reporting form.

For your information,action and files

Your sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Reporting the danger to Ben Bradshaw MP

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, April 22, 2016 07:39:07
Email sent - Fri 22/04/2016 06:56

Dear Mr Bradshaw

I appreciate this is outside your remit but I call upon my MP to write to the Education Minister and protest against the installation of wind turbines in school playgrounds as this photo clearly demonstrates.

The Board of Governors at this school are jumping on the profit bandwagon at the cost of child safety.

As you are aware, collapsing wind turbines are quite common, and even if it doesn't collapse there is a danger of falling blades or ice. There is also the increased danger of lightning strikes.

I fully appreciate this particular wind turbine is a small size in comparison, but I can safely say this wind turbine is non- compliant to HSE guidelines for separation and should not be allowed.

For your information,action and files

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Swanton Morley Primary School Wind Turbine

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, April 22, 2016 07:35:39

Email sent - 22/04/2016 07:15

Dear Sir or Madam

Please provide me with all information you hold on the wind turbine recently installed at your school. I would also like to draw your attention to the fact this wind turbine is non-compliant to HSE separation safety guidelines.

For child safety, I would recommend a security fence is installed to prevent the children's access to the wind turbine to say at least 100 metres. It would be safer and more cost-effective to remove the wind turbine completely owing to the imminent dangers to the children and teachers.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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Report into collapsed Wind Turbine, Co Tyrone

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 03, 2016 16:59:29

From: "O'Neill, Liam"
Date: 30 December 2015 16:09:59 WET
To: Alan alanmdransfield
Subject: FOI/46/2015 - Freedom of Information request

Dear Mr Dransfield,


I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) .

You asked us for:-

1. an electronic copy of the HSENI report into the collapsed Wind Turbine in Co Tyrone in January 2015; and

2. the total costs to HSENI spent on this individual incident.

In relation to your 1st request I can advise you Section 44 (1) of the FOI Act prohibits the release of information where its disclosure is prohibited by or under any enactment. Under the provisions of Article 30 of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, certain information cannot be released without the consent of the person/s who furnished it.

As such, HSENI is unable to disclose any information obtained by an Inspector as a result of the exercise of his or her powers, except with the consent of the person who furnished it or, for the purposes of any legal proceedings.

HSENI has written to the relevant person/s (in this particular case 2 parties were involved) to seek consent and I can now confirm that one of the parties involved consented to their information being released whilst the other party withheld consent. Accordingly, HSENI is able to disclose a limited amount of information and this is contained in the attached PDF document ‘Screggagh_Report_Redacted.pdf’.

Where appropriate, the personal information of third parties have been redacted as to disclose such information would breach the requirement of fairness contained in the first data protection principle. This has been done under Sections 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act.

Additionally, certain information falls under the exemption provided at Section 30(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Section 30(1)(b) states ‘that any Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it has at any time been held by the authority for the purpose of any investigation which is conducted by the authority and in the circumstances may lead to a decision by the authority to institute criminal proceedings which the authority has power to conduct’.

Section 30 is subject to the Public Interest Test and set out below is the test result table.

PUBLIC INTEREST TEST – RESULTS TABLE – FOI/46/2015 - FOI Exception 30 (1) (b)

Factors supporting disclosure

Factors supporting non-disclosure

There is a general public interest in information being accessible as:-

  • A means of allowing people to understand the reasons for decisions made by public authorities;

  • A way of improving transparency and accountability;

  • A means of allowing people to determine whether HSENI has acted appropriately and is discharging its statutory functions.

· There is a general public interest in HSENI and its staff having ‘private space’ within which it can discuss/consider how best to discharge the functions of HSENI. That ‘private space’ allows its staff to formulate and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of particular courses of actions or how a particular situation should be best approached.

· The absence of this ‘private space’ is likely to result in a general unwillingness of officials to debate issues fully and frankly. As a result the quality of record keeping and decision making would be adversely affected.

· Disclosure of this type of internal information could be taken out of context and be used to undermine the quality of HSENI decisions and regulatory activities

Conclusion : That in all circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

In relation to your 2nd request and I can advise you that HSENI do not record costs against any particular incidents and therefore we do not hold the information requested.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

I hope you find this information useful, but if you are dissatisfied with the way in which HSENI has handled your request, please go to which explains the actions that are available to you.

Yours Sincerely

Liam O'Neill
Information Manager
028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)
Mob: 07979365934

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Co Tyrone wind turbine collapse

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, December 11, 2015 06:35:30
Email sent - Fri 11/12/2015 06:13

Health and Safety Executive, Northern Ireland

Dear Sirs

Under protection of the FOIA 2000, please provide me with an electronic copy of the HSE report into the collapsed Wind Turbine in Co Tyrone in January 2015.

Could you also please include the total costs to the HSE spent on this individual incident.

with thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

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Wind turbine A30 near Redruth

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, December 10, 2015 15:54:27
Email sent - Wed 09/12/2015 05:35

Dear Mr Bradshaw

A wind turbine located on the A30 down near Redruth with a total clearance between the Petrol Station of less than 100 mts.

I appreciate it is outside your remit, but even you can surely see the possible catastrophecan't you?.

Yours etc


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Caithness Wind Turbine Incident

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 18, 2015 18:42:43
Email sent - 17 January 2015 22:04

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the following report which makes very disconcerting readings about wind turbine safety.

I call upon my MP to request a public inquiry into the public safety issues related to wind turbines.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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