Summary of Wind Turbine Accident data to 30 September 2017

These accident statistics are copyright Caithness Windfarm Information Forum 2017. The data may be used or referred to by groups or individuals, provided that the source (Caithness Windfarm Information Forum) is acknowledged and our URL http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk quoted at the same time. Caithness Windfarm Information Forum is not responsible for the accuracy of Third Party material or references.

The Summary may be downloaded in printable form here

This is GLOBAL data – see Detailed Accident List with sources and locations

The attached detailed table includes all documented cases of wind turbine related accidents and incidents which could be found and confirmed through press reports or official information releases up to 30 September 2017. CWIF believe that this compendium of accident information may be the most comprehensive available anywhere.

Data in the detailed table attached is by no means fully comprehensive – CWIF believe that what is attached may only be the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of numbers of accidents and their frequency. Indeed on 11 December 2011 the Daily Telegraph reported that RenewableUK confirmed that there had been 1500 wind turbine accidents and incidents in the UK alone in the previous 5 years. Data here reports only 142 UK accidents from 2006-2010 and so the figures here may only represent 9% of actual accidents.

The data does however give an excellent cross-section of the types of accidents which can and do occur, and their consequences. With few exceptions, before about 1997 only data on fatal accidents has been found.

The trend is as expected – as more turbines are built, more accidents occur. Numbers of recorded accidents reflect this, with an average of 22 accidents per year from 1997-2001 inclusive; 70 accidents per year from 2002-2006 inclusive; 135 accidents per year from 2007-11 inclusive, and 164 accidents per year from 2012-16 inclusive.


Energie Burgenland Windkraft in flames Dec.2017


    1. Workplace fatalities and injury are tragic and should never be accepted. Your example fails. Everyone deserves to be safe on the job and go home. What happens when the industrial activity (wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure) is placed adjacent to homes, schools and other sensitive locations without the same restrictions and safeguards of other industries? Wind turbine manufacturers have advisories for workers that they should stay back at least 400m from an operating turbine, but no such restrictions are in place for those machines located next to private property lines or public roads. The wind industry unlike others is not held accountable in a publicly accessible forum to account for its operations that have resulted in risk and harm for its workers and most importantly unconsenting adjacent residents.

      1. The fact that coal and oil powered ships totally superseded sailing ships, and that sail is a better solution to moving oceanic cargo than wind propellers are to providing electric power at the flick of a switch (or frequently, thousands of kitchen appliance switches) should be intuitive evidence of the improbability that wind power can oust coal and gas.

      2. We are the victims of Arkwright Summit Wind Farm infrasound devistation. Sept 2018 , 7, 500 ft turbines, 1,500 feet from our private home were turned on.
        PURE HELL! Our town board sold us out. Im calling on President Trump to represent We the people and shut this madness down…..NOW

  1. Wind turbines do nothing whatever to eradicate fossil carbon combustion. The Viking longships, the Cutty Sark, the Fighting Téméraire, and Drake’s fleet that fought the Armada, not to mention the Armada itself, all made more efficient use of the wind than these monstrous things do in attempting to supply a 50 Hz or 60 Hz AC grid.
    When the wind blows hard, you take in enough sail for the ship to do her maximum speed without undue strain. For a light wind, you adjust to full sail. But when twenty thousand folk switch on a one kilowatt kitchen appliance each, in the evening, within the same five minute TV break, you get a 20 MW load added in minutes. You cannot summon the wind, any more than “spirits from the vasty deep” as Glyndwr claimed he could.
    “Renewable” power from solar sources other than water behind hydro dams. cannot be “dispatched”. Non-dispatchable power is worth next to nothing. Power that can suddenly vanish, when the wind drops or a turbine catches fire, is a liability.

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