Wind Energy Update: The Importance of a Safety Culture for Wind Turbine Technicians

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Wind turbine technology is constantly progressing in tower design and component technology. These modifications create an ongoing responsibility from the wind industry to ensure that the technicians and engineers who carry out routine operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures on their equipment do so under the safest possible conditions.

Some would argue that that there is no actual ‘new’ technology within a wind farm that doesn’t already exist in other industries today. They say that it is just presented at height and that this is a hazard that is already fully understood and already well controlled. In fact most wind farm operators are indeed getting safety right, but it’s the minority who aren’t that we hear about.

So the industry consensus is that the importance of safety does not lie with the turbine itself being a hazard, but rather with the ‘safety mentality’ of the technician working on it.

Wind Energy Update recently interviewed Eric Endreszl, Head of Operations at US Climb and Abseil about the US wind sector’s performance on onshore turbine Health and Safety. Endreszl comments ‘there are improvements that need to be made, especially around enclosed spaces’ but follows ‘most companies are already training their employees correctly’.

In such a nascent industry it is the inexperienced workers that are more at risk. Wind turbine technicians therefore need to build upon their already existing safety culture within the workplace to promote the development of appropriate safety and health compliance requirements for work in the industry.

Endreszl goes on to point out that it should be the responsibility of the trainer to act as a medium between upper management and the technicians through advanced communication. And that this should be a two way street with workers being encouraged to feed back to management on potential risks in their daily work. This has already enabled wind farm operators to deal with issues before they become a problem.

As Endreszl points out, most companies involved in the wind industry are training their employees correctly so it’s crucial that these companies to share their knowledge with the wider industry in an attempt to educate and reveal simple ways to keep employees safe. Wind Energy Update have put together a meeting on September 8 – 9 in Dallas TX where Eric and dozens more wind safety professionals will be discussing these issues in more detail. Full details on this event can be found at

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For more details on the podcast or the meeting in Dallas in September contact jon(at)windenergyupdate(dot)com


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