Wind energy site safety: Housekeeping maintains a clean site to keep workers injury-free

Good housekeeping on the wind energy job site is vital to preventing accidents such as slips, trips and falls. Good housekeeping includes more than just keeping trash and debris off the wind turbine site. It also includes the proper storage and stacking of materials.

Housekeeping on the wind job site

What housekeeping is: “Housekeeping” is another word for keeping the wind job site clean and orderly. Appropriate housekeeping significantly reduces the hazards associated with construction and should be a priority of all phases of wind farm construction and operation. Good housekeeping promotes safety in the work place, improves performance, protects employees and resonates professionalism at the wind turbine site.

Over 700 workers are injured in slips, trips or falls every day in the United States. Read these housekeeping tips to keep your site safe.

Trash containers on wind sites

  • Include plans for waste management in the pre-planning stage.
  • Provide appropriate containers for the collection, separation, and elimination of construction waste.
  • Make sure containers used for garbage and oily waste have covers.
  • Equip trash containers, cans or dumpsters with covers – especially those located outdoors – to avoid the trash from being blown around by the wind and ending back on the site.
  • Label all containers, especially those that contain hazardous waste like oily rags.

Storage on wind sites

  • Keep storage materials, spare parts, and laydown area material in an orderly fashion. This aids in finding the material and ensures clear walkways between or around the area.
  • Police construction waste and remove it on a daily basis.
  • Revoke protruding nails and screws prior to stacking scrap, reusable lumber and cribbing.
  • Check all material in the storage areas for compatibility such that a flammable situation is not created in the process.
  • Segregate non-compatible materials in storage.
  • Stabilize all stacks or piles of material with proper supports as necessary.

Liquid

  • Clean up liquid spills immediately to prevent slips.
  • Make sure the spill area is secure to prevent others from walking through the spill.
  • If the liquid is classified as a hazardous material it should be contained and the property management notified.
  • Contain spills of hazardous materials and report them to the Site Safety Manager/property manager. Clean and dispose of spilled hazardous materials per local, State, and Federal requirements.
  • If there is a spill that you cannot identify, stay away until identified by a competent person.