Bam worker dies in windfarm accident

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A Bam Nuttall worker has died from injuries sustained successful an mishap astatine a windfarm tract successful Shetland.

The incidental happened yesterday greeting astatine an SSE Renewables-operated tract successful the Upper Kergord area, wherever a converter is being built arsenic portion of the Viking windfarm project, which volition acceptable 103 turbines astir Shetland.

The 23-year-old antheral was attended to by exigency crews aft the incident, but helium was pronounced dormant soon afterwards.

Bam Nuttall is the main contractor for the operation of the Shetland HVDC nexus and each associated infrastructure. On completion, the 450MW Viking Energy windfarm volition link to the HVDC transmission nexus betwixt Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

A Bam Nuttall spokesperson said: “We tin corroborate an incidental astatine our Viking Windfarm task tract connected Shetland contiguous has resulted successful the tragic fatality of a colleague.

“Our condolences are with their family, and enactment is being made disposable to them and to members of the team.

“An probe is nether way, and we’re moving intimately with our lawsuit and the authorities.”

SSE Renewables caput of onshore projects Derek Hastings said: “We are devastated by today’s news, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of the young antheral who tragically died.

“We are moving intimately with Bam Nuttall and the applicable authorities to recognize what happened.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said “enquiries are ongoing to found the afloat circumstances, and the Health and Safety Executive volition beryllium informed successful owed course”.

The windfarm volition powerfulness 475,000 homes and is owed to beryllium connected to the National Grid successful 2024.

In July 2020, Scottish civilian engineering contractor RJ McLeod was awarded the main declaration to physique the 103-turbine windfarm.

The pouring of factual connected the archetypal wind-turbine basal took spot successful September 2021. In an all-day cognition a fleet of ready-mix lorries delivered the required 700 cubic metres of factual to pump into the basal of turbine K84 connected the Mid Kame hills.