OSHA issued Outland Renewable Services six safety citations after a wind farm technician suffered severe burns from an electrical arc flash. The citations were issued following an investigation at a wind farm near Odell, Ill. The company, a servicing and maintenance provider in the wind tower industry, which uses wind to generate electricity, faces penalties of $378,000. Outland received the citations for willfully exposing maintenance technicians to electrical hazards from the unexpected energization of transformers in three wind turbine towers. See the news release for more information.
The manufacture and operation of wind turbines is part of the growing green jobs industry. Green jobs are defined broadly as jobs that help to improve the environment. See the OSHA Web site for more information on green job hazards.