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Working at Height – Two Deaths in Two Weeks.

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19th May 2o17

A 32-year-old Spanish worker was killed on 29 March when he fell whilst working at height on a wind turbine in East Renfrewshire, Scotland. The turbine, which is part of Scottish Power Renewables was under maintenance by GE at the time of the incident.

The fatality came just a fortnight after Portuguese worker Antonio Linares, 37, fell to his death inside a turbine that was being built at another windfarm in South Ayrshire.

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Steve Dillon said: “In recent years there have been far too many deaths and injuries involving windfarms. These installations are usually in remote locations and there is a concern that these tragedies have not received the same focus if they had occurred in more populous areas.

“Swift action needs to be taken to improve workers’ safety and wellbeing and to understand how these incidents occurred. The Health and Safety Executive needs to bring together all concerned to learn the lessons and improve safety and welfare in this sector.”

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