Bigelow Wind Farm Graduates From OSHA Program
Portland General Electric’s Bigelow Canyon wind farm has graduated from Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. Oregon OSHA says the wind farm, which has 217 wind turbines on 25,000 acres outside of Wasco in Sherman County, tackled a variety of safety improvements. Those included installing deflector plates to protect workers from permanent obstructions or clearance issues as they move up and down ladders inside wind towers, standardizing safety and health procedures across facilities, and setting up TV monitors to display safety trending reports. The SHARP program coaches companies on how to effectively manage workplace safety and health, and companies are recognized for their success in reaching specific benchmarks. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.