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INCIDENT: CRANE OVERTURN ON WIND FARM PROJECT

Mobile crane collapse fuels concerns of local residents 

It has been reported by the Lancashire Evening Post (LEP) that a mobile crane has “toppled to the ground at the site of a controversial £5.5m wind farm” where two wind turbines are being constructed near Pilling, Lancs.

A concerned local resident told the LEP: 

“What I’m concerned about is if it’s toppled over with it all being on peat is it going to affect anything on this side (on the Woodlands Country Park site)? Is it (the turbine) going to survive or is it going to start leaning?”

REG Windpower told the LEP that they could not speculate on the cause. Communications manager Ian Lawrence said:

“The turbines are anchored to the ground in concrete foundations which obviously a moving crane isn’t. While ground conditions are different everywhere and present different challenges it would be completely and utterly erroneous to draw any conclusion about the safety of wind farm from the fact had problems with the crane.”

We had a problem with part of a crane while it was being moved and it was not involved with lifting. Noone was injured and there was no damage to anything property outside the wind farm site. We are grateful for the patience local residents have shown throughout the project and aim to complete the work without significant delay.”

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