Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Workers escape as wind turbine collapses at Belfast Harbour

"The scene seemed to me like utter devastation."
"The scene seemed to me like utter devastation."

Workers had a lucky escape in an industrial incident involving a wind turbine at Belfast Harbour.

It is understood that the stem of a wind turbine collapsed on to a digger as it was being moved yesterday. The accident took place at a site used by Siemens at Belfast harbour where wind farms are being manufactured.

The Belfast Telegraph understands one of the wind turbine stems fell on top of a Manitou digger as it was being moved.

One worker told the Belfast Telegraph that after the accident happened they were "herded into the canteen".

"One of the wind turbines was knocked down, these are 140ft in height, it came down on what is known as a Manitou," he said.

"The scene seemed to me like utter devastation."

Yesterday evening a spokeswoman for Siemens confirmed the incident but said that no-one had been injured.

"Siemens is currently investigating the incident."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said they were aware of the incident and are investigating.

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