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It’s Safety Awareness Month! Stop the Shock this October

It’s Safety Awareness Month! Stop the Shock this October
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Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electricity-related injuries. According to OSHA, the following hazards are the most frequent causes of electrical injuries:

  • Contact with power lines;
  • Lack of ground-fault protection;
  • Path to ground missing or discontinuous;
  • Equipment not used in manner prescribed;
  • And improper use of extension and flexible cords.

AWEA’s October Safety Campaign, Stop the Shock: Stay Current and Avoid the Current, focuses on electrical safety and decreased exposure to major electrical hazards during the construction and operation of wind farms. Several resources are available with the campaign:

Throughout the month, here are ways you can utilize the campaign materials and support the safety campaign:

  • Attend the October 3 webinar or view the recording later with your team;
  • Download the materials and share on your company intranet;
  • Use the materials in your training and safety meetings;
  • Order the poster and the hard hat sticker and share with your team.

And while we spend October highlighting electrical safety, remember that you can use these materials throughout the year.

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Sabrina is a Manger on AWEA’s Standards and Asset Management team. In her role, Sabrina works closely with AWEA industry committees managing the development of technical manuals, guidance documents, and outreach and training programs for quality assurance, operations and maintenance, workforce development, and environmental, health, and safety. Sabrina also manages the administrative process for AWEA’s consensus standards development activities. Prior to joining AWEA, she spent twelve years with the U.S. Green Building Council where she was involved in a number of initiatives including the development and promotion of the LEED Green Building Rating System and organizational development working with international groups and Green Building Councils interested in adopting LEED.

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