The latest casualty of wind those farm roads that are unsuited for cranes or big aerial lifts is a 103 metre WT1000 truck mounted aerial lift which rolled at the Gordonbush wind farm in Scotland.
However the lift is just one of several examples of cranes or lifts over-tuning on wind farm sites in recent weeks. We understand that a 250 tonne crane rolled recently on a wind farm in the west of Ireland, with a further three big cranes said to have suffered a similar fate across Europe.
All possibly brought on by the exceptionally wet weather that many areas experienced in April and the start of May.
The truck mounted lift in Scotland was, we understand making its way into the site to carry out blade inspection work when the road began to subside on a bend, causing the lift to slide into the ditch and over-turn. Thankfully the operator was not injured.
The ground in the area is very soft, consiting largely of peat, so any recovery crane will require a substantial temporary hard standing. We understand that the recovery work will start next week.