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A guide to wind industry safety gear

WORLDWIDE: Working at wind power projects entails many potentially hazardous activities -- using machine tools, cranes, electricity, performing heavy mechanical repairs and working at heights.

Comprehensive personal protective equipment (PPE) is therefore essential, explains Steve Green, wind power training manager at Siemens. He shows a range of equipment (right) for use by an employee at work on a wind turbine.

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There is no single standard, but the equipment used is governed by a number of health and safety standards internationally, such as the CE European conformance mark, the European Personal Protective Equipment Directive, and guidelines from the American National Standards Institute, the Australian/New Zealand Standard and the UK Health and Safety Executive.

This feature comes from Windpower Monthly's Health and Safety supplement. Click here to view the report as a digimag or PDF.

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