Wind firm blames whistle­blower for be­ing sacked

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

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

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