Electrical Safety in Wind Turbines

Electrical Safety in Wind Turbines

Safety in and around a Wind Turbine Generator is exacerbated for the following reasons: 

  • The remoteness of most turbines to medical facilities means that any accident that may require hospitalisation can quickly turn catastrophic due to the time taken from the time of accident/injury to the time of receiving professional medical assistance.
  • The confined space. Within most wind turbines, the electro-mechanical parts of a wind turbine generator are typically in very confined spaces, further compounded by multiple people being in an area at one time and exit routes often tricky to negotiate. In the event of any incident, the path of escape/exit is not straight forward.
The Arc Flash Risk in Electric Metering

The Arc Flash Risk in Electric Metering

There are millions of electricity meters across each country around the world. The quality of these meters vary from very modern installations to very old assets which are deteriorating.

One important fact:  there are certain activities undertaken by a meter operator that can only be conducted ‘live and it’s important if you are responsible for people working with electricity and gas meters for that matter of the inherent arc flash risks.

Mental Health Awareness Month: The unspoken effects of an Arc Flash

Mental Health Awareness Month: The unspoken effects of an Arc Flash

Anyone who has worked within the electrical services industry will be well aware of the physical dangers of an arc flash incident – around 40% are fatal. However, very few of these same workers are aware that a consequence of experiencing an electrical explosion is post-traumatic stress and even depression / anxiety.

Featured in this is a list of charities and support groups who focus on supplying engineers and construction workers with the advice, training and more. 

BREXIT Impact on UK PPE Compliance

BREXIT Impact on UK PPE Compliance

We have compiled this Expert Advice Sheet to provide those purchasing PPE with the information that they will need now that the UK has left the EU and the transition period finished on December 31st, 2020.

We guide you through changes in Regulations, the standards, and assessment bodies and provide an overview of the introduction of the new UKCA marking.

Yasmin Ali | International Women's Day 2021

Yasmin Ali | International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day
Our second interview for International Women's Day 2021 with Energy Innovation Project Manager, Yasmin Ali at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Learn more on Yasmin's story, current projects and future initiatives.
Gill Nowell | International Women's Day 2021

Gill Nowell | International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve interviewed data-driven innovation expert at ElectraLink and Director of Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England, Gill Nowell. Selected as one of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2020, she’s a regular speaker and panelist on electric vehicles and data-driven transition to net zero.
Recycling Workwear for a better world

Recycling Workwear for a better world

Recycling

Dedicated to its corporate and social responsibility of reducing the company’s carbon footprint, SKANWEAR is constantly looking to develop innovative sustainable solutions in order to minimize its impact on the environment. One such initiative that enables the company to take steps towards achieving this aim is their newly introduced Garment Recycling Scheme.

Program Implementation – Arc Flash Awareness and Training

Program Implementation – Arc Flash Awareness and Training

Arc Flash Awareness

Working on live electrical equipment comes with a substantial risk of electric shock and arc flash. Whenever exposed to energized equipment, workers must have a clear understanding of what the potential hazards are and how to work safely.

Protecting your employees from hazards such as these warrants several interwoven and necessary training components.

Think with your senses – Head, Hand, Face Protection

Think with your senses – Head, Hand, Face Protection

Arc Flash Clothing
Because of the extreme heat experienced in an arc flash, it impacts upon your entire body and everything you need to wear. For this reason it is important to ensure that all areas of your body are covered with both arc rated clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) that will protect you from the heat energy.
Understanding Your Arc Flash Risk

Understanding Your Arc Flash Risk

Arc Flash Risk Assessments

Before considering Arc Flash Clothing & PPE, having a clear understanding on Arc Flash Calculations and performing Arc Flash Risk Assessments will support the choice of protection you need. 

There are actually a number of different things that can cause an arc flash to happen, including equipment not being sufficiently rated for the available short circuit current or accidental contact, to corrosion of equipment or deterioration or contamination. Learn more...

Do I need Arc Flash Protection?

Do I need Arc Flash Protection?

Arc Flash Awareness
If your company employs workers that operate on or near to electrical sources, then it is a requirement to have a comprehensive understanding of the NFPA 70E regulations. Within Article 110 of these regulations, the general safety requirements for working with electricity are detailed. Read on to understand whether you are required to wear Arc Flash Protection.
Your last line of defence!

Your last line of defence!

Arc Flash Clothing

Within certain industries it is of vital importance that workers wear Arc and Flame Resistant personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to keep them safe whilst working on live electricity. This includes workers in the electrical engineering, thermal generation, wind generation, petrochemical, rail, and utilities industries.

Fiona's Interview: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Fiona's Interview: Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Interviews
This week’s spotlight interview is with Fiona Downie, Technical Field Advisor for Controls at FieldCore. Thank you to Fiona for such an honest and motivational story. Showing that taking advantage of all kinds of influences outside of traditional education can spark that early interest and idea of a career in a STEM industry and how important raising awareness of these possibilities is, to encourage everyone, not only females, to consider engineering as an exciting future career. "At the end of the day you can’t be what you don’t know about or can’t see in everyday life."