Nova Scotia wind turbine speeds out of control, collapses
Friday, August 26, 2016, 4:00 PM - It's a rare event and the first of its kind in Canada, but the idea of a towering wind turbine falling over is enough to make anyone nervous.
Two investigations are underway after a wind turbine from Canadian-based company Enercon Canada Inc. sped out of control, bent in half, and collapsed, falling to the ground.
The incident occurred on Aug. 17 at an Enercon wind farm in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, while crews were running routine maintenance work.
Before the 80-metre-tall wind turbine buckled and toppled over, Enercon officials confirm that workers were told to leave, the Toronto Star reports. In addition to their towering height, the turbines have a blade length of 40 metres, the CBC notes.
Fortunately the turbines operate in a wooded area away from residents, so no one was injured. An evacuation protocol was also put in place.
Enercon and Nova Scotia's provincial government are conducting investigations to determine if there were any safety violations at the time of the incident.
Another 10 turbines in the area remain in operation, unaffected by the collapse. The cause of the collapse remains unknown.
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