Visit windpowermonthlyevents.com for the latest on our upcoming conferences and webcasts

Germany

Germany

Diver killed on Riffgat offshore wind farm

GERMANY: A diver has been killed during the construction of EWE and Enova's 108MW Riffgat wind farm in the German North Sea.

The 108MW Riffgat wind farm uses Siemens 3.6MW turbines
The 108MW Riffgat wind farm uses Siemens 3.6MW turbines

It is the third death of a diver on a German offshore wind farm since 2010.

According to reports, the British diver was working on concrete bases designed to tie cables down to the seabed. The incident occurred in 20-metre-deep waters.

Last month, transmission system operator TenneT revealed cable installation at Riffgat had been held up by the discovery of WWII munitions on the seabed.

At the time, TenneT was unable to confirm whether the project would hit its July 2013 completion deadline.

While wind industry on job deaths per MW installed have been in steady decline in recent years, casualties remain higher offshore. Also, as with other industries, diving remains a high-risk occupation.

In May last year, another British diver suffered a heart attack at Germany's Alpha Ventus project.

In 2010, another diver asphyxiated when his oxygen supply failed on the transformer platform of the German-developed Bard offshore wind plant in the North Sea.

The Chinese wind industry has the most dubious health and safety record after incurring eight deaths out of a global total of 12 last year. In 2011, eight out of 11 workplace deaths occurred in China.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Only [DAYS_LEFT] days Subscribe Now

Left of your Windpower Monthly free trial

Your free trial Subscribe Now

to Windpower Monthly has expired

Windpower Monthly Events

Search more than 4,500 companies in the Windpower Directory

Latest Jobs