Wind farm worker dies after being stranded by heavy snow without heat

first_imgA man has died after becoming stranded in heavy snow, without heat or power, while working on a wind farm.The 74-year-old security guard and a 42-year-old colleague were working on Sunday at Afton Wind Farm, which is under construction near New Cumnock in East Ayrshire, when there was a power cut.It is understood they struggled to call for help, although it is not known how long they were in difficulty for. The south and south west of Scotland were hit by heavy snowfall over the weekend.The Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team went to the 25-turbine development, which was due to be completed this spring, after family members raised the alarm at around 8.50pm.The older man man was flown by helicopter to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but died a short time later.A spokesman for Afton Wind Farm Ltd told, the renewable energy magagazine, there had been “a fatality in connection with the project”, adding: “Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this time. Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are carrying out a joint investigation into the incident.The wind farm was bought by InfraRed Capital Partners in 2016 from the energy giant E.ON. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “Health and safety is taken very seriously by management and we are cooperating with the Health and Safety Executive and Police in their investigations. In addition, we have also commenced our own independent investigation into the incident.”last_img