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1 September 1997
The government probe of July's wind farm death in Sibley, Iowa, is still under way, but both the project developer and the wind turbine supplier are describing the incident as a crane accident, not caused by their procedures. Nonetheless, Greg Jaunich of developer Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) says the company will change its procedure and probably keep people at the site a "crane's height" in distance away while heavy equipment is being installed. The fatal accident occurred when a crane carrying a Micon nacelle stalled then toppled over. Leif Anderson, president of Micon Wind Turbines (US) Inc, says a new nacelle should arrive at the site to replace the damaged one in September. The government probe is routine after a work related death.
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