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Written by Brent Knight, President of ISS

In safety, there are many different career paths and industry segments that someone can pursue. Some are manufacturing-based, others in healthcare or insurance and then there is construction.

The construction sector is where I chose to focus my time over the past 30 years. Sure, I have worked in other industry segments, but my heart has always been in construction because it is interesting and changes daily. It is also fun to watch something being built from nothing, into something incredible.

Since about 2002, I have worked in renewable energy and spent much time in onshore wind energy. Wind energy is fascinating and if you have never climbed a wind turbine generator (WTG), then you are missing out.

Some of the things that make wind energy special are the fact that these units are very large and are generally located on farms or parks in remote locations. This makes construction complex and even more interesting.

If you would like to enter the wind industry and work as a safety specialist on the construction of a wind farm and the erection of WTG’s, you can drop us a line. There are a few things that you need to consider first.

To work in wind, one must be willing and able to climb. It may not seem like much but climbing straight up a vertical ladder for 300 plus feet is not easy. You must be mentally and physically capable of doing so and must pass a fitness for duty test. In addition, due to weight restrictions, you need to generally be at or below 260 pounds in body weight. This is not 100 percent the case but serves as a good rule of thumb.

Finally, before you even think about climbing a WTG, you will need to attend a working at heights and rescue course for 3 to 5 days and become certified to climb. This is not a simple attend and get certified type of a class, it requires practical testing, and you must pass the test to become certified.

Wind is one of my favorite industries and the forecast is very strong for new energy installation over the next 10 to 30 years, so jump in and experience what this industry has to offer.