Worker injured on Vestas V112 project

AUSTRALIA: A man has been “partially crushed” while working on the construction of a 420MW wind farm in Victoria, according to local reports.

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The man, working at the Macarthur wind farm in the Western District of Victoria – one the largest wind farms currently under construction in Australia – suffered serious chest and pelvic injuries this afternoon. The 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.

"Our consortium partner at Macarthur, Leighton Contractors, [is] managing the site and will conduct an investigation to establish the circumstances and causes of the accident," said the statement. 

"Vestas can confirm that the injured worker was not crushed by a wind turbine or a wind turbine blade."

Macarthur wind farm is jointly owned by Australian utility AGL Energy and New Zealand state-owned utility Meridian. All 140 turbines are due to be operational by the first half of 2013.

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