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ASSE Announces New Standard Project
March 9, 2009

Due to the growing national emphasis on ‘green’ energy development and the potential risks involved in green energy related construction operations, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced a new A10 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) standard project to protect the safety and health of workers involved in construction and demolition operations for wind generation/turbine facilities, the “American National Standard for the Safe Construction and Demolition of Wind Generation/Turbine Facilities” (A10.21-20xx).

During the January 2009 A10 ASC meeting, the committee approved the A10.21 subgroup to develop the standard. Ryan J. Jacobson, P.E., manager of wind energy services for Black & Veatch, will serve as the subgroup chair and Walter A. Jones, M.S., associate director, occupational safety and health for Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America, will serve as the A10.21 liaison.

Safety and health issues of concern during construction and demolition of wind generation/turbine facilities that the A10.21 subgroup will address in the development of the standard include working at heights, mechanical assembly of large components, medium voltage electrical safety, and working in exposed environments. The subgroup will cite and recognize other existing voluntary national consensus standards in the development process.


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