Bam worker dies in wind farm accident

A Bam Nuttall employee has died from injuries sustained in an accident at the site of a wind farm in Shetland.

The incident happened yesterday morning at a site operated by SSE Renewables in the Haut Kergord region, where a converter is being built as part of the Viking Wind Farm project, which will install 103 wind turbines around Shetland.

The 23-year-old was taken care of by emergency crews after the incident, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Bam Nuttall is the main contractor for the construction of the Shetland HVDC link and all associated infrastructure. When completed, the 450 MW Viking Energy wind farm will connect to the HVDC transmission link between Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

A spokesperson for Bam Nuttall said: “We can confirm that an incident today at our Viking Windfarm project site in Shetland has resulted in the tragic death of a colleague.

“Our condolences go out to their family and support is available to them and the team members.

“An investigation is ongoing and we are working closely with our client and the authorities.

Derek Hastings, Head of Onshore Projects at SSE Renewables, said: “We are devastated by today’s news, and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the young man who tragically passed away.

“We are working closely with Bam Nuttall and the relevant authorities to understand what happened.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said “inquiries are underway to establish all the circumstances, and the health and safety manager will be informed in due course”.

The wind farm will power 475,000 homes and is expected to be connected to the national grid in 2024.

In July 2020, Scottish civil engineering contractor RJ McLeod won the main contract to build the 103-turbine wind farm.

The pouring of concrete on the wind turbine’s first base took place in September 2021. In a one-day operation, a fleet of ready-mixed trucks delivered the 700 cubic meters of concrete needed to be pumped in the base of the K84 turbine on the Mid Kame hills.

Alice F. Ponder