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Second worker injured on Macarthur project  

Credit:  James Quilter, Windpower Monthly, 20 July 2012, 10:04am | www.windpowermonthly.com ~~

A worker has been seriously injured on the 420MW Macarthur wind farm, the second such accident since April.

The Macarthur wind far, in the Western District of Victoria, is one the largest wind farms currently under construction in Australia

According to reports, the incident occurred around 50 metres up the inside of the Vestas V112 3MW tower. An object fell from above and hit the worker on the head and shoulder.

Although the worker was wearing a helmet at the time the blow rendered him unconscious and left him with head and spinal injuries.

It follows a similar incident in April when a construction worker was partially crushed while installing one of the project’s turbines.

The man suffered serious chest and pelvic injuries this afternoon. At the time, Australian Broadcasting Corporation cited local police as saying that these injuries were caused by him being “caught by the turbine blade”.

However, Vestas, which supplies the project’s 140 V112 3MW turbines, later issued a statement denying that the worker was injured by a turbine component.

Source:  James Quilter, Windpower Monthly, 20 July 2012, 10:04am | www.windpowermonthly.com

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