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OSHA targets wind energy dangers

9 Aug 11 The USA’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have formed an alliance focused on preventing accidents.

The initiative will target worker exposures to electrical, crane and fall hazards in the wind energy industry.

"As part of the emerging green jobs industry, wind energy jobs promise to be kinder to our environment and transform our economy. But these jobs are not necessarily safer for American workers," said assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health Dr. David Michaels. "I am confident that our Alliance with AWEA will further OSHA's mission to ensure that wind energy workers are protected from preventable injuries and death."

During the two-year agreement, the Alliance participants intend to develop materials for workers that address wind energy maintenance and operations hazards. The participants will also hold forums to discuss these hazards that can expose workers to harm. The participants also intend to raise awareness among workers and employers of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives through sharing information on workplace safety and health standards.

AWEA is a national trade association representing 2,500 member companies such as wind turbine manufacturers and component suppliers, utilities, and renewable energy supporters and researchers. Approximately 85,000 workers are employed by AWEA members.

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