Energy & Power
Global Wind Organization accredits Siemens for its safety training
By Anthony Capkun
March 15, 2013 – Siemens Energy has been granted certification by the Global Wind Organization (GWO) for its training facilities in Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom and the States. This certificate, says the company, empowers Siemens to educate and train wind energy workers according to the highest industry standards for basic safety training.
GWO is a coalition of players in the wind energy market, including turbine manufacturers, owners and utilities. Its aim is to ensure personnel working in the wind energy sector are trained to a risk-based safety level to face the challenges related to that particular workplace, says Siemens. The organization has developed an international standard for basic safety training that covers: first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, working at heights and, for offshore workers, sea survival.
“This official accreditation from the GWO is a testament to the high priority Siemens places on safety and safety training, particularly within the fast-moving wind and wind service industry,” said Tim Holt, CEO of Service Renewables, Siemens Energy. “Safety is a top priority at Siemens, fully integrated into the mindset of our wind service operations. Our commitment to meeting the industry’s highest standards ensures our employees and our customers are receiving the very best in safety training at all our locations worldwide.”
Siemens’ wind training centres were originally created to enhance the skills of company employees. Having obtained GWO certification, Siemens’ basic safety training is now open to subcontractors and customers as well.