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HSE report into wind turbine collapses

WindfarmsPosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, May 02, 2014 18:06:32

Email sent to Ben Bradshaw MP 30 April 2014 08:02

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please a recent HSE statement from the ref the wind turbine collapses in the SW 18 months ago. A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said:

“HSE’s investigation into the wind turbine collapse at a farm in Bradworthy last year revealed that the turbine collapsed due to installation errors in the foundations.

“The supplier, Endurance Wind Power, has checked its existing turbines are safe and taken measures to ensure that future installations follow its design criteria. HSE is satisfied with this action.”

The HSE may well be satisfied by such response but I am certainly not and do state, at best, this HSE response is HOGWASH…. It's taken the HSE nearly 18 months to reach this conclusion and god knows how much public funds for their so called thorough investigation. The HSE have failed to release a copy of their full inquiry on their website.

I call upon my MP to write to the HSE asking for a copy of their full report into the 2 collapses and for the full cost incurred by the HSE.

I fervently believe the root cause for these WT failures is down to sub standard design, counterfeit material, ie anchor bolts, grout, poor construction methods and no supervision.

The two para HSE statement above hardly constitutes a full and thorough investigation and, of course, Endurance Power would make such a statement wouldn’t they!

I believe the HSE should conduct their own thorough investigations into such incidents and be able to demonstrate how they reached their conclusion NOT just rely on any old cock and bull story from the principle contractors. They must also explain in chapter and verse their findings and the full technical explanations of their finding.

God help the nation and the general public if this is SOP for all HSE investigations.

Please also ascertain from the HSE how much this particular investigation has cost the Taxpayer.

I look forward to your response on this matter

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield


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