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Fatal accident during wind turbine dismantling

A Vestas technician died on November 6 in an accident while dismantling a wind turbine at Lemvig. Ivan Sørensen, 38, had correctly fastened a security line to the machine's nacelle, but when the blades were being removed the entire nacelle fell to the ground, pulling Sørensen with it. It appears human error could be to blame. Sørensen had worked with the company for nine years and had been involved with the installation and servicing of hundreds of turbines in Denmark and abroad, Vestas reports. Following the accident, the company has urged all turbine manufacturers to produce a detailed set of rules for dismantling as well as erecting turbines. The accident was the third death in the global wind turbine industry in 1997, following one in Germany in April and another in the USA in July.

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