Dead in Fire Wind Turbine OOLTGENSPLAAT


October 30, 2013 – Netherlands

A wind turbine caught fire Tuesday afternoon in Ooltgensplaat on Goeree-Overflakkee, costing the lives of two mechanics.Four mechanics were at work in the wind turbine on the Mariadijk, about 80 meters above ground, Tuesday afternoon. By a cause, yet unknown, a fire started in the engine room.

 Because of the height the fire department initially had trouble extinguishing the fire in the engine room. In the evening, a special team of firefighters went up with a large crane, and found the body of the missing man.

The cause of the fire is unclear. The identity of the victims has not been disclosed. The Inspectorate for Social Affairs, formerly the Labour inspection, commenced an investigation.

An eyewitness reported to RTV Rijnmond she saw two mechanics sitting on the tip of the turbine. She saw them jump through the fire toward stairs.

Original Article:

One thought on “Dead in Fire Wind Turbine OOLTGENSPLAAT”

  1. We at Helical Robotics send our condolences to the families of the 2 men lost in this tragic accident. In an effort to help assure that this type of tragedy never happens again, Helical Robotics recently demonstrated a system designed to deliver rescue equipment to workers stranded in a wind turbine. Turbines have to be evaluated on a per model basis to determine if such a solution is applicable, but systems like this could offer a level of protection. The following link is a video of the test.

    Bruce A. Schlee


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s