Another Wind Turbine collapses for no apparent reason
The collapsed turbine is part of the Screggagh wind farm.
Strong winds caused havoc on the Greek island on Monday as one of the floodlights outside OFI Crete’s Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium incredibly blew over into the car park.
The car park was reasonably full, and the floodlight squashed a number of cars.
Thankfully, nobody appears to been injured by the accident.
Disaster at Seel Park as two floodlight pylons collapse
|05/01/10The new year break due to the recent dreadful weather has obviously hit Mossley AFC hard, with postponed games causing limited income, then on top of that, on Thursday night two floodlight pylons collapsed after strong winds and sub zero temperatures caused them to crack and collapse.The floodlight situation is a serious problem and one the club could have done without at this or any other time of year.Club Commercial Secretary John Larner is currently in negotiations with the insurance company and potential contractors to put it right, if indeed we are sufficiently covered.As most will know, it is not always straight forward getting insurance companies to make full payment, but at this stage we are still ‘in the dark’ as to what we will actually get from them.The club desperately need to get a home match on ASAP (not much chance this Saturday), to boost the finances and therefore may need some ‘supporter assistance’ at some stage to remove the pylon from the pitch, if we can’t get contractors in right away.John Larner said “We are processing an insurance claim, getting quotes for two replacements. Jamie Burgess, brother of Mossley AFC Commercial Officer Steve Burgess, has kindly disconnected the electrics on one and is trying to complete the second this week, whilst we are looking at options, to remove old poles from the ground.””We have put a request into Tameside Council to cover cost of any shortfall on insurance money for replacements.””We will need to look at re-positioning the existing lamps to try and cover the pitch, as nothing will happen with replacements for some time.”Home games (when the weather finally relents) will likely kick off at 1.30pm for the time being.More information will be released when available.
The pylons were erected way back in 1972 with the first game under lights at Seel Park being a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield Town on Monday 4th September 1972 in front of a crowd of 2,255.
Closer to Home
A TECHNICAL examination is to resume this morning (Monday) after a huge 245-foot high wind turbine came crashing down during heavy winds near Ardara at the weekend.
Dramatic pictures taken in the aftermath of Thursday evening’s incident on the windfarm at Loughderryduff, near Mass, Portnoo show the main stem lying flat on the ground and debris spread over a wide area.
The turbine, which has a lifespan of around 25 years, fell just four years after being erected in the eight-unit development.
A spokesman for the developers, North West Wind Ltd, said yesterday they were awaiting the outcome of a “technical evaluation” of the scene and declined to comment on the specifics of the incident.
The turbines at the wind farm have a ‘hub height’ of 49 metres (160 ft) and the 26 m (85 ft) radius of rotor, bringing their total height to 245 foot.
In 2009, the same company was granted planning permission for a further 11 turbines at the site.
These turbines, when erected, will be even bigger that the current ones with a hub height of 55 metres (180 ft).
The additional 26 m (85 foot) radius of rotors will bring the total height to 265 ft.
The incident comes as opponents to a massive wind farm project outside Glenties, await the outcome of an An Bord Pleanála (ABP) oral hearing which was heard in the town last October.
One local person told the Donegal News yesterday that the weekend incident highlights the danger of erecting large turbines on bogland and in close proximity to roads and houses.
A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), said there was no obligation on the wind farm developers to report the incident to them, unless someone was injured.
Mervue 2010. Fortunately the lights were far enough away from property and homes and no one waqs hurt.
In the interest of public safety, several roads around the ground are to remain closed by the Police and Highways Agency throughout today and for in all likelihood for most of tomorrow.
The high winds have meant that some more of the “back scratcher” on the floodlight pylon at the Holker Street/Wilkie Road corner of the ground has come away from the main stanchion, and needs to be taken down safely.
Hindles who have been carrying out ongoing repair work on the floodlights at the ground have assessed the requirements and have a crane due to arrive at some point on Thursday afternoon to enable them to investigate the pylon safely and take down any loose metalwork. The Police, and Highways Agency are aware of the situation, and the decision has been made to restrict access to the area until the work is completed tomorrow.
The road will remain closed along Devonshire Road from the Tally Ho to the Soccer Bar, and on Holker Street from the corner of Wilkie Road to Asda.
The Directors wish to apologise for any inconvenience this causes to the public, but have acted in the interest of health and safety for everybody. We would also like to thank Hindles for their considerable help, and also the local police and Highways Agency for their prompt help in dealing with the situation.
Last updated at 09:44, Thursday, 05 January 2012
ROADS around Barrow AFC’s stadium remain closed after parts of a pylon fell off during windy conditions.
Holker Street has been closed in both directions between the Devonshire Road junction and the Chatsworth Street junction due to safety fears.
They will remain closed throughout today (Wednesday) and, according to the updated article on the Barrow AFC club website “for in all likelihood for most of tomorrow.”
Earlier yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, sections of the floodlight pylon were found to have fallen off at the Holker Street/Wilkie Road end of the Furness Building Society stadium during high winds.
Building contractors Hindles, who have been carrying out repair work to the floodlights, attempted to inspect the structure but were unable to do so due to the extreme weather conditions.
The club then contacted the Highways Agency and Cumbria police and the decision was made earlier this evening to restrict access in the area due to fears about further pieces falling off.
A statement on the club’s website, posted last night (Tuesday) said: “The directors wish to apologise for any inconvenience this causes to the public, but have acted in the interest of health and safety for everybody.
“It is hoped that the high winds will have abated in the morning to allow the emergency repair works to be completed.”
A spokesman for Cumbria police said the decision was taken to ensure public safety and that the structure would be re-examined in the morning (on Wednesday).
On Boxing Day, terracing on the corner at the Holker Street end/Popular Side was shut to supporters for the Blue Square Bet Premier match with Stockport County after pieces of a pylon fell off when similar weather conditions occurred.
*The roads remained closed on Thursday morning.