Safe working in the wind energy sector
Sheila Pantry OBE
Wind energy is a growing sector, but how safe are its workers? Harmful substances and working at height are examples of risks in this sector that can be intensified by difficult conditions, such as extreme weather. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is committed to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work and their recent report provides detailed information about OSH risks and their prevention throughout the various wind turbine life cycle stages and also considers future challenges that the sector needs to address. It is supported by an e-fact giving an overview of the issues and a checklist that identifies common hazards and preventive measures for both onshore and offshore wind farm installations. Read the publications:
- Report: Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector
- E-fact: Working safely in the wind energy sector
- E-Fact: Hazard Identification Checklist: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) risks in the wind energy sector
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This month’s OSHWORLD FOCUS Preventing Occupational Disease highlights the fact that occupational diseases cause huge suffering and loss in the world of work. While much progress has been made in addressing the challenges of occupational diseases, there is an urgent need to strengthen the capacity for their prevention in national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems.
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Well – did you have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2013 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying again in 2014!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2014 and beyond!