§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people have been either injured or killed as a result of the operation of wind turbines in the United Kingdom since 1979; and what information he has as to deaths resulting from the operation of wind farms or aerogenerators abroad.
§ Mr. Eggar
I have been asked to reply.
In the United Kingdom no deaths or serious injuries have occurred as a result of the operation of wind turbines.584W
In the Netherlands one death occurred in 1990 when a machine went out of control during a storm.
In Denmark two deaths occurred in 1991 in a single incident involving the servicing of a rotor.
In the United States of America three deaths and a number of injuries have been reported over the past 15 years of operation of the wind turbines.