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AWEA teams up with government over worker safety

UNITED STATES: AWEA has teamed up with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the aim of standardising safety procedures within the wind industry.

The alliance will aim to standardise safety procedure
The alliance will aim to standardise safety procedure

The alliance between the trade body and the government department follows a number of incidents over the last year where US workers have been injured or killed in wind-manufacturing plants

AWEA said the aims included:

  • Develop consensus within the wind industry and work with OSHA to standardise safety and health practices.
  • Improve industry safety and health processes.
  • Develop and maintain an open line of communication with OSHA to ensure safety practices.
  • Assist OSHA in understanding the safety and health issues within the wind industry.
  • Ensure consistent application of safety compliance and enforcement initiatives across the country.
  • Streamline safety and health practices for consistency across OSHA regions as well as across the industry.

In May, Vestas was fined $164,000 over health and safety violations at its tower manufacturing facility in Colorado.

OSHA initiated an investigation after an accident in November last year that resulted in a worker undergoing the partial amputation of two fingers.

Vestas has also been accused of exposing its employees to dangerous substances at one of its Colorado plants. The Coloradoan, a local newspaper, said that in a two-month investigation, it had found several employees at the Windsor, Colorado, factory had developed the skin allergy dermatitis after being exposed to epoxy resin.

Separately, OSHA has also investigated LM after a worker was crushed between a scissor lift and an overhead crane.

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