New Standard Covers Construction, Demolition of Wind Turbines 
A newly published consensus standard establishes the minimum requirements for protecting the safety and health of workers involved in the construction and demolition of wind turbines. ANSI/ASSP A10.21–2018,
Safety Requirements for Safe Construction and Demolition of Wind Generation/Turbine Facilities
, addresses challenges related to the construction and demolition of utility-scale, land-based wind turbines, which convert the kinetic energy of wind into electrical energy. These challenges include remote work, turbine height, and limited access. ANSI/ASSP A10.21–2018 sets requirements for site hazard identification and equipment; calls for contractors to develop a site-specific plan that addresses the safety concerns of working in a remote location; and identifies qualifications for crane operators, riggers, and signal workers. “Wind energy has unique challenges that were simply not adequately addressed in existing standards,” said Christopher Daniels, chair of the A10.21 subcommittee. “The new standard brings these challenges to light and identifies appropriate means for risk mitigation.” The standard is available for purchase from ANSI and ASSP.