Five killed during Sinovel 5MW construction preparation

CHINA: Five people, including a Communist Party official, were killed last night after a crawler crane toppled while a contractor was rehearsing the installation of a Sinovel 5MW turbine.

A model of Sinovel's SL5000 turbine

The incident occurred when the arm of the 1,000-ton crane, toppled and fell down suddenly in a trial operation to lift a wind turbine.

Five people were killed after being crushed beneath the crane. They included Yu Yongdong, Chinese Communist Party secretary of the Jiuquan industrial park (the main official for the industrial park), Jia Ping, director of the Jiuquan Industrial Park management committee, and Liang Feiyan, deputy director of Jiuquan municipal archives bureau (and Yu's wife). Two Sinovel workers were also killed.

The crane belonged to Ningxia Tianxin Construction Development.

The accident, in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu province, took place at about 11 pm, said Zhan Shunzhou, vice-mayor of Jiuquan. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

This is the second major accident this year involving a Sinovel turbine. In January, three workers were killed while nstalling and testing a Sinovel wind turbine in Shangyi County, in China's northern Hebei province.