[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Worker dies in fall at wind turbine construction site near Huxley  

Credit:  By Tribune staff | Ames Tribune | July 22, 2016 | amestrib.com ~~

A man working on the construction of a wind turbine near Huxley has died after he fell at least 40 feet inside the turbine, officials with the Story County Sheriff’s Office said.

Christopher Thompson, 31, of Manly, fell late Thursday afternoon in the wind turbine being built at 535th Avenue near Huxley. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities didn’t immediately release the name of the company he worked for.

Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Nick Lennie said Thompson was wearing a safety harness at the time. He was working as high as 80 to 90 feet when he fell, Lennie said.

It’s not clear what caused Thompson to fall, Lennie said, but Huxley Fire Chief Garrett Fagen said the heat may have been a factor.

“It was a hot day and there was a lot of heat in the turbine, and it was hotter in there than it was outside,” Fagen said. “Some of the guys thought it may have been 30 degree warmer in there, but that’s just a guess.”

According to the National Weather Service in Des Moines, the high temperature in Ames on Thursday was 94 degrees with a index of 114 degrees. Officials with the weather service said they could not say how hot it could get in a turbine, but that tests done in cars showed temperatures can get 15-20 degrees hotter inside a car.

The harness kept Thompson from hitting the ground, but he was left suspended about 30 feet in the air, Lennie said.

The sheriff’s office, Huxley Fire and Rescue, and Huxley Police Department all responded to the call just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Fagen said small, rural volunteer departments don’t have the training or equipment to easily respond to cases like the one they went to on Thursday. The company behind the project did have a team available that responded to the rescue call, Fagen said.

Fagen also did not immediately know the name of the company building the turbine.

Lifeflight was called and arrived at the scene, but Thompson was already pronounced dead, Lennie said.

Lennie also said officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been notified.

Source:  By Tribune staff | Ames Tribune | July 22, 2016 | amestrib.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


Tag: Accidents

News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.