The first AWEA Data Collection Survey for worker safety and health, created by the AWEA Health and Safety Committee, launched on April 6, 2011. Benchmarking is a critical step toward measuring and ensuring the success of any safety program. The AWEA Safety and Health Committee is implementing this data collection program to collect injury, illness and fatality data that is specific to the wind energy industry. The AWEA Health and Safety Committee prioritized various activities for 2011 and listed the injury, illness and fatality data collection survey as the highest. Through the survey, which will be based on the current OSHA 300 log, basic injury and illness data will be collected to analyze industry trends.
Industries across the nation are able to calculate and benchmark their injury and illness data; however, up until now, wind energy has been unable to do so as a result of a technical obstacle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collects injury and illness data, which allows various injury and illness rates to be calculated for industries through North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Unfortunately, wind energy does not have specific codes dedicated for the industry and as such, health-and-safety experts are unable to analyze exactly how safe the workers in the wind energy industry are. To get around this obstacle, AWEA created an anonymous and voluntary data collection system for such safety statistics the wind energy industry.
The AWEA Safety Survey will collect injury, illness and fatality data for the wind energy industry. It is important that all AWEA members participate in order to ensure an accurate picture of the industry’s worker safety and health programs. All participants will be anonymous. Reports will be available for members to analyze where the industry stands in comparison to other industries, as well as to give companies within the industry the ability to benchmark themselves with their peers. AWEA will be collecting data on the overall industry and will break down the information by industry segment, such as construction, manufacturing and operations and maintenance. The data collection will be basic and simple to start; however, the program will evolve in detail and depth as the committee and the industry matures.
This survey is open to all AWEA members. All participants will remain anonymous.
To learn more about how the data collection survey will work, please go and visit the orientation page.Deadline to participate in the 2012 Data Collection Survey is - June 1,2012
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