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Stop the Shock: AWEA launches new worker safety campaign


Improving on-the-job electrical safety is the focus of this year’s October Safety Campaign

Washington, D.C.—AWEA’s October 2018 Safety Campaign, Stop the Shock: Stay Current and Avoid the Current, kicks off this week. The campaign will raise electrical safety awareness for wind energy workers and equip them with the knowledge they need to work safely and efficiently. With a record amount of wind power capacity under construction in the U.S. and a record number of American wind workers, workplace safety awareness has never been more important.
To get the word out about safety best practices, AWEA will host a safety webinar on Wednesday, October 3, from 2-3:00 PM ET. Speakers including Oskar Villalobos from GE Onshore Wind, Robert Milligan from Pattern Energy, and Kevin Alewine from Shermco, will discuss different electrical hazards on project sites, using the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), differences between wind turbine models, electrical qualifications, and more. You can register for the webinar here.
AWEA makes additional resources available, like materials and flyers that can be posted in workspaces, and creates opportunities to get involved in the industry’s month-long campaign to keep wind workers safe and healthy. Here are some starters to help you kick off Stop the Shock:

  •  10 Questions for Electrical Safety Handout and Poster: This resource provides the key questions to ask to help recognize the hazards associated with the use of electrical energy.

  • 2018 NFPA 70E Handout: This resource outlines the top changes to the 2018 NFPA 70E as they apply to the Wind Industry.

  • Choose the Right PPE PowerPoint Presentation: This training module provides details on choosing the right PPE. Utilize this during your safety briefings.

  • Order Stop the Shock Stickers: Show your support with the Stop the Shock sticker.

Learn more about AWEA’s Stop the Shock campaign by visiting our blog. Previous AWEA safety campaigns have included soft tissue injury prevention, driving and vehicle safety, and prevention of dropped objects.


AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind energy event, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Denver, June 1-4, 2020. WINDPOWER 2020 will be housed within CLEANPOWER, the new exhibition hub for utility-scale renewable energy, bringing together wind power, solar power, and energy storage industries. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook and follow @AWEA on Twitter and LinkedIn.