Scientific Proof: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Wind Farm Worker’s Sleep & Health to Suffer

Proof

Among the growing list of what’s getting to the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers is the fact that – despite their relentless efforts to cover up both the work and the results – highly skilled people are working flat out around the world to discover the precise mechanism that causes the adverse health effects from incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound, including sleep deprivation, vertigo and the like.

It’s not only the fact of their rather obvious conclusions that has wind-spinners in apoplexy, it’s the fact that they’re looking at all.

You see, the line being run is that there is NO problem – a tobacco advertising guru said so – so why on earth should anyone be looking?

For the wind industry and its parasites, the problem is, that there IS a problem: teams of highly skilled scientific investigators don’t generally devote their every waking hour to chase answers and solutions, when there’s nothing to chase.

Here’s just another example of what properly qualified people can do when looking for answers to real problems.

This time the victims are Iranian wind farm workers, who, funnily enough, suffer precisely the same negative health consequences as everyone else who has the miserable misfortune to be exposed to the insidious and intolerable noise and vibration generated by these things. Here’s a summary of the study.

Impact of wind turbine sound on general health, sleep disturbance and annoyance of workers: a pilot-study in Manjil wind farm, Iran
15 October 2015

Authors: Abbasi, Milad; Monazzam, Mohammad Reza; Akbarzadeh, Arash; Zakerian, Seyyed Abbolfazl; and Ebrahimi, Mohammad Hossein

Background: The wind turbine’s sound seems to have a proportional effect on health of people living near to wind farms. This study aimed to investigate the effect of noise emitted from wind turbines on general health, sleep and annoyance among workers of Manjil wind farm, Iran.

Materials and methods: A total number of 53 workers took part in this study.

Based on the type of job, they were categorized into three groups of maintenance, security and office staff.

The persons’ exposure at each job-related group was measured by eight-hour equivalent sound level (LAeq, 8 h).

A Noise annoyance scale, Epworth sleepiness scale and 28-item general health questionnaire was used for gathering data from workers. The data were analyzed through Multivariate Analysis of variance (MANOVA) test, Pillai’s Trace test, Paired comparisons analysis and Multivariate regression test were used in the R software.

Results and discussion: The results showed that, response variables (annoyance, sleep disturbance and health) were significantly different between job groups.

The results also indicated that sleep disturbance as well as noise exposure had a significant effect on general health.

Noise annoyance and distance from wind turbines could significantly explain about 44.5 and 34.2% of the variance in sleep disturbance and worker’s general health, respectively.

General health was significantly different in different age groups while age had no significant impact on sleep disturbance. The results were reverse for distance because it had no significant impact on health, but sleep disturbance was significantly affected.

Conclusions: We came to this conclusion that wind turbines noise can directly impact on annoyance, sleep and health. This type of energy generation can have potential health risks for wind farm workers.

The hard-hitting team behind the paper were:

Milad Abbasi, Mohammad Reza Monnazzam, Seyyed Abolfazl Zakerian, Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Arash Akbarzadeh, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Mohammad Hossein Ebrahimi Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Shahroud University of Medical Sciences, Shahroud, Iran.

The full paper is available here: Impact of wind turbine sound on general health, sleep disturbance and annoyance of workers: a pilot-study in Manjil wind farm, Iran

manjil wind farm

Manjil’s sonic torture devices, kill workers’ ability to sleep.

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Comments

  1. In Ontario, the MOECC and community health professionals all claim that they have based policies to ignore adverse impacts on information they’ve gathered from around the world. They claim to be willing to make the necessary changes if and when information convinces them to act. Ironically, they have been consistently saying this to all victims who are describing their on the ground reality and are pleading with them for protection.
    Even farmers who are in their peak harvest season and must work around and underneath these turbines and who live in their homes nearby are not being protected by the Farm Safety bureau.

  2. We have been told by the windweasel grubs that their workers don’t get affected by noise, (infrasound, low-frequency and other noises etc) from wind turbines, strange, hey, in Iran it does affect workers. What a load BS that they have been trying to feed us.

    We’ve known that they were always talking BS right from the start, what criminals they are – and they should be inside looking out of “J-A-I-L”.

  3. Terry Conn says:

    Unless all those people doing the study and participating in the study are from an ‘English’ speaking country than it can’t possibly be true (can it?)!!!

    • Oooh, Terry; not being sarcastic to the wind industry, are you? Or to that self-styled guru mentioned?

      Something is ringing bells with us on another study of about a year ago, similar to this one, in another non-English speaking country; can anyone remember it? We’ve put a plea on our facebook page also.

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