Unite calls for urgent action into windfarm safety after two deaths in Scotland in a fortnight

Unite, the largest union for construction workers, has called for urgent action to improve safety on windfarms after two workers were killed in a fortnight.

The first tragedy occurred on March 15 when Antonio Linares a 37 year old Portuguese worker, was killed from a fall at Scottish Power’s Kilgallioch Windfarm in South Ayrshire. Mr Linares was working for contractor Gamesa.

The most recent tragedy occurred on Wednesday 29 March. A Spanish worker fell to his death while undertaking maintenance on a turbine at Scottish Power’s Whitelee Windfarm in East Renfrewshire.

Unite, regional co-ordinating officer, Steve Dillon, said:

“These two deaths are terrible tragedies and our thoughts go to the families of the two victims.

“In recent years there have been far too many deaths and injuries involving windfarms. These installations are usually in remote locations and there is a concern that these tragedies have not received the same focus if here had occurred in more populous areas.

“Swift action needs to be taken to understand how and why these accidents occurred and to ensure that there are not similar fatal accidents in the future. The Health and Safety Executive needs to summon Scottish Power, and specialist contractors together to learn the lessons and dramatically improve safety in this sector.”