Renewable Energy - Wind Energy Safety
Modern turbines are designed to operate in the safest manner possible and constructed using stringent international engineering standards, which are audited by a third party.
They are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, and have specialized internal safety equipment to deal with emergencies.
Tens of thousands of turbines have been generating electricity for over 25 years, and according to the British Wind Energy Association, no passerby or neighbour has ever been injured from wind turbine operations.
However, people still express concern over issues like ice throw, blade failure or electromagnetic fields.
Blades are designed to be flexible, and their movements would disperse any ice build-up before it could become an issue.
Construction standards and monitoring equipment ensure the safety of the equipment, and studies have shown that electromagnetic fields are not detectable at 100 feet distance from a turbine.
Ultimately, the standards to which the turbines are manufactured ensure a high level of reliability and safety.