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Results of the study will help shape the programs introduced by the partnership. "Tiie vast majority of eye injuries are preventable by wearing the proper safe- ty eyewear," says Hugh Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "It is our shared belief with Sperian that, by employing a radically new approach to compliance, we can achieve a signifi- cantly lower number of workplace eye injuries each year." For more information, visit www.sper ian.com or ww^w. preventblindness.org. WORKER SAFETY Wind Energy Industry Safety in the w'má energy industry is becoming an increasingly importiant issue. As the country begins to convert to more efficient and environmentally friendly sources of energy, many people are looking for jobs in the industry, and most are inexperienced with the safety measures needed to be properly pre- pared for the industry and its unique challenges. Although it takes consider- able effort and resources, training employees properly, and including sev- eral ergonomie features can make work- ing in the wind industry' much safer. Currently, no all-encompassing safety standard from OSHA or other American organizations specifically addresses wind energy safety; instead, employers use standards from other industries, says John Newquist, CSP, OSHA Region 5 assistant administrator. Many of these challenges stem from the structure of the wind turbine itself. The turbines can reach heights of up to 200 ft, and for many older models the only way to access the turbine engine is by ladder. The engine room itself is a small enclosed space, and it can be diffi- cult to access problems along the turbine walls or in the engine without removing safety equipment. If a fire or arc-fiash hazard occurs in the engine room, the workers must perform self-rescue tech- niques, and environmental elements such as rain and snow can make things more difficult for employees. Lockout/ tagout procedures become complicated when checking to see whether those pro- cedures were performed correctly forces the employee to make another trip to the bottom of the turbine. Constructing the large towers also raises safety risks and over time pieces of the tower can wear 16 PROFESSIONAL SAFETY APRIL 2010 www.asse.org and break, causing dangerous objects to fall to the ground. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is an independent organization that promotes the use of wind energy. ^Utliough wind energy currently accounts for 2% of the nation's power, it is the sec- ond-largest new energy power source, with new facilities constantly built since 2005, according to AWEA. Addressing the Challenges
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Bailey during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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