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Man, 37, plummets to his death while working on giant turbine at wind farm on border of Dumfries and Galloway  

Credit:  Wind turbine horror | Mary McCool | The Scottish Sun | 16th March 2017 | www.thescottishsun.co.uk ~~

A man plummeted to his death while working on a giant wind turbine in the south of Scotland.

The 37-year-old was stationed at Kilgallioch wind farm, which straddles the border between Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.

The Scottish Ambulance Service was alerted to the horror fall at 5.13pm yesterday.

It is unclear how far the man had fallen however some of the turbines at the site are 480ft high.

A SAS spokesperson said:”We dispatched one ambulance, a manager, our Helimed air ambulance and our emergency medical retrieval service to the scene.

“The coastguard and our special operations response team were also dispatched but were later stood down.

“A male patient was taken to hospital by road.”

Police Scotland added:”Around 6.45pm hours on Wednesday police were called to a report of a man having been injured whilst working at a wind farm near to Newton Stewart.

“Emergency services attended and a 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The site is currently closed and enquiries are at an early stage to establish the circumstances of the incident. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

In January a wind turbine at the same farm collapsed.

An investigation was launched by developer Scottish Power Renewables and turbine manufacturer Gamesa.

The 96-turbine site is currently under construction and due to be fully connected to the grid later this year.

Scottish Power Renewables has previously said Kilgallioch wind farm would be the second largest in the UK once completed.

The £300million Kilgallioch development will generate 239 mega watts to power up to 130,000 homes when fully onstream.

The company has been asked for comment.

Source:  Wind turbine horror | Mary McCool | The Scottish Sun | 16th March 2017 | www.thescottishsun.co.uk

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