Myths about Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbines are machines that spin in the wind and generate electricity atop tall towers. As such, the blades, transmission, and generator emit noise when the turbine is operating. Because modern wind turbines are relatively new on the landscape, a veritable cottage industry has arisen attributing a panoply of ills to wind turbines–even when they are not operating. Consequently, there are numerous studies on the health effects of the noise from wind turbines. This section includes links to these studies and to reports on the general environmental impacts and benefits of wind energy.

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Worker dies in Tarifa after being trapped in a wind turbine


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A worker lost his life on Friday, 28 July, in Tarifa (Cadiz) after being trapped in a wind turbine, according to the emergency services. The event occurred at around midday, when the 112 emergency telephone operators handled a call from a worker who was trapped in the hub (the part of the machine where a shaft is supported and rotates) of a turbine, at a height of 130 metres. The turbine was located at kilometre 90 of the N-340. Emergency services, including a helicopter ambulance, the Guardia CIvil, fire brigade and police were deployed to the scene. The health services on the scene were only able to confirm the death of the worker. No further information has been released on how this incident occurred.

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Safety improving at UK onshore wind farms despite ‘tragic’ death – report


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The number of safety-related incidents at onshore wind farms in the UK decreased in 2022, according to a new report that nonetheless acknowledged the “tragic” death of a worker at a wind farm construction site.

San Gorgonio Pass Near Palm Springs, Calif. 2014.

Wind farm noise not harmful to health: New study finds no evidence of wind turbine syndrome


Sophie Vorrath

Once again another study confirms there are no health impacts from “infrasound.”

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Call for warning systems after third sea eagle killed by wind turbine


Paul Gipe

Another sea eagle which had been fitted with a GPS tracking device as part of a monitoring programme has died after being hit by the blade of a wind turbine in Flevoland, nature journal Nature Today reports. Read more at


Windfarm firm charged over landslide death


Paul Deering

A company director has been returned for trial in relation to charges arising out of the death of a worker who was killed in a windfarm landslide.

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After Appeal, Three Companies Involved in the Wind Farm Death of Chehalis Man Will Pay Out Full $549,874


Eric Rosane

After settling an appeal in July with a state appeals board, the three companies found to have violated worksite safety laws that led to the death of a worker at the Skookumchuck Wind Farm will pay out the full $549,874 originally levied against them last year.

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