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I've been concerned about safely working with wind energy since 1976 when I nearly killed myself taking down a 1930s-era windcharger. While wind energy is an environmentally beneficial technology--and that's the reason we need to use it--it can and has killed. Consequently, I've been tracking fatal accidents in wind energy since I wrote an obituary for a colleague, Terry Mehrkam, in 1981. For this reason, my books on wind energy have always included a section on safety.

Correction to the Death of Robert Skarski in Wind Power 2004

December 31, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've been alerted to an error in the second edition of Wind Power (2004): Renewable Energy for Home Farm and Business.[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, Accidents & Safety, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

Wind Energy -- The Breath of Life or the Kiss of Death: Contemporary Wind Mortality Rates

December 7, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Update: The most current database for the number of fatal accidents in the wind industry. Below is a summary table from the spreadsheet. Note that there are four other tabs not reproduced here. . . [more]

Category: Accidents & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment

Steen Aagaard's Crippling Fall

September 20, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

"Two Hurt in Turbine Accident" blared the headline in the Bakersfield Californian on Saturday, 23 October, 1999.[more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

Tower Work and Do-it-Yourselfers

November 19, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Any wind turbine and tower that cannot be safely lowered to the ground for servicing should have a fall arresting system for ascending, descending, and working atop the tower, a sturdy work platform,...[more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

Lessons from the Death of Terry Mehrkam

November 19, 2008,   by Paul Go[e

I knew Terry Mehrkam. I wrote about him. I also wrote his obituary. I hope I never have to write another obituary about someone working on a wind turbine.[more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

Vanessa Skarski's Account of Her Father's Death on a Small Wind Turbine

October 2, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Robert Skarski died in 1993 while installing a small wind turbine at his Illinois home. He was killed when the tower he was on buckled and fell to the ground. [more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

Man Falls to Death from E66 in Germany

December 22, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

On October 16, 2003 a 25-year old technician fell inside a 100-meter tall Enercon E66 tower, struck his head, and died according to an account in a local German newspaper. The man, unnamed in the...[more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

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