Archive for May, 2015

Build for Rhode Island wind farm one step closer

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., May 19 (UPI) – A Rhode Island company will be the first of its kind to build a vessel to support the development of the inaugural U.S. offshore wind farm, planners said.

Rhode Island Fast Ferry was contracted by developer Deepwater Wind to build a vessel and design the training for crew transfer. The ferry company will invest more than $4 million and employ more than 70 workers to build the vessel.

“This will mean more jobs in the marine trades for Rhode Islanders and another way that the Ocean State will lead the growth of this new American offshore wind industry,” Deepwater Wind Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Grybowski said in a statement.

The ferry company will provide crew and equipment support during the construction of the Block Island wind farm off the Rhode Island coast.

The Rhode Island government in May 2014 signed off on environmental permits for what will become the nation’s first offshore wind farm, Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project.

The wind farm will generate enough power to meet the annual energy demands of more than 17,000 households. Construction begins in full swing next year.

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I want to add a man basket to my crane…

Question: I want to add a man basket to my crane. Where do I get specific info about safety standards requirements?

Answer: First off, the crane manufacturer and the basket manufacturer (if they’re different). Then OSHA (www.osha.gov) 1926.550g or publication OSHA3100 Crane or Derrick Suspended Platforms.

OSHA Fines New Hampshire Employers Over Winter Snow Removal Hazards

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Many parts of the state saw record or near-record snowfall totals during the early months of 2015.

Federal officials say they issued a higher number of citations and fines than usual to New Hampshire employers for exposing workers to fall hazards this winter.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections between January 29 and March 4 and found a number of employees removing snow from rooftops who were not adequately protected from the risk of falling.

Rosemarie Ohar Cole is area director of OSHA’s New Hampshire office. “We issued a significant number of citations related to those activities – 41 serious citations, three willful citations, and two repeat citations,” Ohar Cole said. In all OSHAcited 16 New Hampshire employers and issued $123,960 in fines.

Officials issued the inspection findings as part of the National Safety Stand Down, an annual effort to raise awareness about fall hazards in the workplace.

 

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Calling all Operators: $10,000 Grand Prize!

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