In an effort to further enhance safety for workers at the Big Sky Wind Project in north central Illinois, the White Construction Region V Wind Farm Response Team and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have established a strategic partnership.
This partnership is designed to address the construction hazards specific to the wind energy industry and to promote and recognize job sites that have developed effective health and safety programs.
It will serve to establish a cooperative effort to ensure safety an open line of communication among OSHA, the site owner and contractors at the work site. It will also allow for better use of OSHA resources and encourage participation in all aspects of the safety process from the wind energy community.
The overall goals of the partnership are to prevent work-related fatalities, control or eliminate serious workplace hazards, improve training for all skilled workers on-site and establish best practices that can be shared within the industry.
The Big Sky project is a 240 MW wind farm located in Ohio, East Grove and May townships in Bureau and Lee Counties, Ill. When completed, the Big Sky Project will be the largest wind farm in the Midwest developed by Edison Mission Energy, according to the company.
SOURCE: White Construction