Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a provider of standardized safety training and emergency procedures for the wind industry, is touting increased interest in standardized safety training for wind turbines.
GWO is a nonprofit organization of wind turbine owners and manufacturers that are committed to the creation and adoption of standardized safety training and emergency procedures. Independent training providers deliver GWO-certified training worldwide, with more than 80,000 people in 40 countries now trained to GWO standards.
For example, Safety Technology, which has wind turbine training facilities strategically located in wind-rich locations Sweetwater, Texas, and Estherville, Iowa, has globally trained thousands of workers at height, accrediting workers to GWO and other locally recognized standards.
“There is a huge influx of interest in GWO this year,” says Ben Williams, technical director at Safety Technology and a 12-year veteran of the company. “We were among first to recognize the value of GWO training in the U.K. We want to progress forward in Europe and the U.S., staying on the forefront.”
The GWO training portfolio offered by Safety Technology at the Texas and Iowa locations includes basic safety, working at heights and first aid training.
“With the growth in the wind turbine industry, GWO standards make it easier to hire qualified technicians and make it easier for Safety Technology to provide the talent,” Williams adds.