Family of wind-farm worker who froze to death in Ayrshire blizzard demand answers

Ronnie Alexander
Ronnie Alexander

The daughter of a 74-year wind-farm security guard who froze to death in a snow blizzard earlier this year in Ayrshire have demanded more information on the full circumstances which led to his death.

The worker, Ronnie Alexander, was airlifted from Afton wind farm site, near Craigdarroch Farm, in January, but was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital in Edinburgh.

A post-mortem examination concluded that hypothermia was the cause of death.

His daughter, Tracy Fraser, has been told he may have lain in deep snow for up to seven hours before he was found.

She said the death of her “lovely, hard-working” father  had devastated the family.

“My mum is in bits, as is my sister and her family and my sons,” she said.

“We really need to know exactly what happened, we don’t want this happening again.

“It’s horrible knowing that my dad, who was such a fit, healthy man, died like this. It should never have happened.”

Tracey told the BBC that  the family became concerned about her father when he failed to return from a 12-hour shift at the wind farm near New Cumnock.

They tried to call his mobile phone but the signal at the construction site was patchy at best, and they could not make contact.

A search was mounted for Alexander after his grandson Dale raised the alarm at about 8pm.

The family were told five hours later that Police Scotland’s Mountain Rescue Team had found the security guard – more than six hours after his shift finished.

Farrans Construction – which is building the 50-MW Afton wind farm  offered its “deepest sympathy” Mr Alexander’s family but it said it could not comment on the Health and Safety Executive investigation into his death.

See also:

EXCLUSIVE: Trade union calls for Scottish renewable wind-ustry safety summit after wind farm worker freezes to death in blizzard at Farrans site 

8 Mar 2018

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