Wind firm blames whistleblower for being sacked
A north-east energy firm failed to properly investigate a whistleblower’s claims that staff were on drugs, a tribunal has heard.
Roger Hammond alleges Vattenfall sacked him for alerting senior management to a problem with illegal substances at the Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm substation at Blackdog. Mr Hammond, who was site manager at the development, also claims the company got rid of him after he reported that an 11-year-old girl had been allowed to drive a digger.
However, the company has argued that he was sacked from his role as site manager because of his fractured relationship with his colleagues, one of whom accused him of sexual harassment.
The firm now faces allegations that it wrongfully dismissed Mr Hammond, from Warrington, in February. Yesterday the windfarm’s project manager, Adam Ezzamel, gave evidence at the hearing in Aberdeen. Mr Ezzamel said that senior management were aware of the digger incident, but did they not initially know the vehicle had been mobile.
He said there had been discussions weeks before Mr Hammond was sacked when they had decided to find a replacement because he was incompetent, but he claimed this process was accelerated when a colleague accused him of sexual harassment.
The tribunal continues.
“They did not initially know the vehicle had been mobile”
A digger at the Vattenfall site near Aberdeen