German officials to probe wind turbine installation death

The public prosecutor in Stralsund, Northern Germany, will launch a “negligent homicide” investigation into an accident that killed a worker while installing a wind turbine.

The Austrian subcontractor died on Monday after a rotor blade dropped onto his crane cabin at the site in Mannhagen, turbine supplier Vestas said.

The public prosecutor’s office will investigate whether the incident was a case of “negligent homicide” and is awaiting an expert analysis by vehicle and industrial inspection specialist DEKRA.

The investigation will check whether workers at the site were adequately prepared for the job and if all necessary safety measures had been taken, public prosecutor Ralf Lechte told Recharge today.

But it could take weeks until the expert report is ready, a spokeswoman for the police in Stralsund says.

Vestas promised a thorough internal and external inquiry into the accident, and has hired a third-party specialist to help with the investigation.

Contractors are installing Vestas V112 turbines at the site near Germany‘s Baltic Sea coast.