HC Deb 15 March 1994 vol 239 cc583-4W
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.

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.