Key safety and compliance issues for the wind energy industry

The AWEA Safety Committee has identified several safety issues to prioritize industry efforts related to training, policy development, and/or engagement with regulators.  The issues include:

  • Lock-out/Tag-out (LO/TO)
  • Data collection
  • Alliance with OSHA
  • Confined Spaces
  • Ladder Clearance
  • Rescue
  • Dropped objects
  • Electrical safety

The AWEA list of priorities is similar to OSHA’s list of issues of concern with respect to the wind energy industry. OSHA’s concerns, as shared at an AWEA conference in January 2013, include:

  • Arc Flash/Electrical
  • Falls
  • Stuck-by
  • Dropped Tools
  • Sprain, strain, MSDs
  • Hand Injuries
  • Guarding
  • LO/TO
  • Multi-Contactor Interaction at the sites
  • Hoists, Tool Bags/Buckets
  • Confined Space

OSHA also reported at the January 2013 AWEA conference the top existing violations for wind energy by sector, including:

Blade manufacturing

1910.95                Noise

1910.106              Flammable storage

1910.107              Spraying (paint and styrene)

1910.132              PPE (hands and body)

1910.133              PPE (eyes and face)

1910.134              Respirators

1910.146              Confined Space

1910.151              Eye wash facilities

1910.307              Unapproved electrical

1910.1000            Dust and styrene exposures

Construction

  • Cranes
  • Fall protection
  • Raising and lowering tools
  • Adequacy of tie off points
  • Rescue procedures
  • First aid training and CPR
  • Ladders
  • Power generation
  • Cold and heat stress
  • Lock-out and tag-out
  • Fall protection
  • Machine guarding
  • Rescue
  • Raising and lowering tools
  • First aid and CPR

Servicing and Maintenance

  • Ladders
  • Power generation
  • Cold and heat stress
  • Lock-out and tag-out
  • Fall protection
  • Machine guarding
  • Rescue
  • Raising and lowering tools
  • First aid and CPR