Solar is a growing sector for green energy and green jobs. Various worker health and safety hazards exist in the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of solar energy. Employers working in the solar energy business need to protect their workers from workplace hazards and workers need to understand how to protect themselves from hazards.
NFPA 850 is the National Fire Protection Association’s recommended practice for protection of electric generating plants and high-voltage direct current converter stations. Chapter 10 identifies hazards and protections for wind-power facilities.
Fire poses one of the greatest risks to nuclear power safety. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) estimates that the risk of reactor meltdown due to fire is about 50 percent—roughly equal to all other risk factors combined.
Annually, 75 to 80 workers die from fatal injuries in the electric utility industry. A large number of these deaths are due to electrical contact. Many incidents leading to serious and fatal injuries could have been avoided by conducting pre-job briefings, using personal protective equipment cradle-to-cradle and ground-to-ground, using equipotential grounding, and wearing sleeves with high-voltage rubber gloves.
Every one of you is held up to represent an elite corps of businesses that really get the value of a safety culture and are leading the way in promoting it. It's not enough to be good. VPP members must be exceptional in this regard. The program remains meaningful only so long as it has integrity, and that is, ultimately, a function of quality, not quantity.
Company shut down production line, turned the lights off
September 11, 2015
A Norfolk, Nebraska flooring materials company tried to hide hazardous machines from federal inspectors, according to OSHA. The agency said MP Global Products LLC also threatened to fire employees who complained about unsafe working conditions during an investigation into why a 65-year-old temporary worker suffered the amputation of one finger and severe damage to another when his left hand was caught as he operated a machine.
With wildfires causing considerable damage in the U.S. this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched a TakeAction campaign that targets middle and high school students living in areas with wildfire risks.