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MidAmerican Energy: Contractor stuck in wind turbine blade in Adair County

The utility company said the crewmember was rescued, taken to the hospital and wasn't seriously hurt.

ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa — A man is recovering, and work is paused on a wind farm in Adair County after he was stuck inside the blade of a wind turbine.

MidAmerican Energy tells Local 5 a contractor crew was working within the hub of a wind turbine at the Arbor Hill wind farm in Adair County Sunday night.

They said the contractor got caught in the interior of the mostly hollow blade. 

"Emergency personnel responded, removed the contractor from the blade and assisted in lowering him from the turbine," a MidAmerican spokesperson said in a statement.

MidAmerican said the worker was taken to a Des Moines hospital for evaluation. He has not yet been released from the hospital. 

The contractor was not seriously hurt, MidAmerican said, and no customers experienced service disruptions.

Shawn Bovinett, a Stuart fire department worker, said that MidAmerican was out doing upgrades in the area.

The company said work at Arbor Hill is paused, and they're working with the contractor and crew members on a full investigation of the incident.

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