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Emergency services / Young man dies in ‘tragic’ industrial accident on Viking wind farm site

A photo of the Kergord converter station construction site taken in November last year.

A TWENTY three year old man has died following an accident on a wind farm construction site at Upper Kergord, in Shetland, on Sunday morning.

Emergency services rushed to the scene 15 miles north of Lerwick after receiving reports that a man – who worked for civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall – had been injured in an industrial accident.

Police, ambulance as well as coastguard rescue teams from Lerwick and Sumburgh attended. The man sadly died at the scene.

The accident happened on the Viking Energy wind farm construction site at Upper Kergord, which is operated by Cheshire-based BAM Nuttall.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said the man’s family have been informed and are being supported.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and the Health and Safety Executive will be informed in due course,” they added.

A BAM Nuttall spokesperson said the incident “resulted in the tragic fatality of a colleague”.

“Our condolences are with their family, and support is being made available to them and to members of the team,” the company added.

“An investigation is underway and we’re working closely with our client and the authorities.”

Derek Hastings, the head of onshore projects at SSE Renewables, the company building the 450 MW Viking Energy wind farm said everybody at the company felt “devastated” by the news.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the young man who tragically died,” he said.

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

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