Wind Farm Construction Safety

Having successfully completed the 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm, First Balfour through Safety Manager Sebastian “Teng” Alampayan shared its expertise in wind farm construction safety during the 7th National Construction Safety Convention last 23-24 April 2015 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Complex in Diliman, Quezon City.

Organized by the Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) OSHC, the convention had been a successful gathering of safety engineers, practitioners, and advocates from various construction firms and safety organizations from around the country. Anchored on the theme Construction Accidents: A Call for Action, several resource speakers discussed recent industry studies and plans of action following several construction accidents recorded in early 2015.

During his presentation, Alampayan enumerated the hazards and risks in windmill construction and how the project team was able to overcome these challenges. Among the high-risk activities include working at heights and in confined spaces, heavy equipment movement and operations, and even snake bites! To address these, precautionary measures were highlighted in the project’s safety and health and environmental management programs.

Among the good safety practices Alampayan shared was the strict implementation of the 20 kph speed limit across the 600-hectare project site. All workers including visitors are also expected to attend an Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Orientation apart from their daily tool box meetings. Trainings and other risk assessment channels such as the Hazard Identification Tool and Supervisor’s Safety Self Assessment were likewise put into practice.

At the end of the project, their safety record was at 2,155,000 safe man hours without any accidents or damages to property and the environment.