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Worker injured at solar farm

The worker was taken to hospital and the ministry sent in an inspector who "issued a stop work order to hold the scene pending further investigation," Lin said. ...First Solar Inc. is building two 20-megawatt solar farms in St. Clair Township, including the Moore Solar Farm north of Rokeby Line and west of Highway 40.

SAFETY: Labour ministry issues stop work order

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has issued a stop work order at a solar farm in St. Clair Township after an accident Tuesday sent a worker to hospital.

Ministry spokesperson William Lin said it's office was notified Tuesday of the accident at 520 Rokeby Line.

"A worker was installing solar panels for a solar farm when the worker received an electric shock from an unknown electrical source," Lin said.

The worker was taken to hospital and the ministry sent in an inspector who "issued a stop work order to hold the scene pending further investigation," Lin said.

"Our investigation is continuing."

First Solar Inc. is building two 20-megawatt solar farms in St. Clair Township, including the Moore Solar Farm north of Rokeby Line and west of Highway 40.

A second solar farm is being built south of Bentpath Line and east of Baseline Road in the township.

Peter Carrie, a vice-president with First Solar, said the worker received a shock to several fingers on his right hand while working at the Moore Solar Farm.

"We're not releasing, really, any more details than that just because it's under investigation."

But Carrie said he understood the worker was... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

SAFETY: Labour ministry issues stop work order

Ontario's Ministry of Labour has issued a stop work order at a solar farm in St. Clair Township after an accident Tuesday sent a worker to hospital.

Ministry spokesperson William Lin said it's office was notified Tuesday of the accident at 520 Rokeby Line.

"A worker was installing solar panels for a solar farm when the worker received an electric shock from an unknown electrical source," Lin said.

The worker was taken to hospital and the ministry sent in an inspector who "issued a stop work order to hold the scene pending further investigation," Lin said.

"Our investigation is continuing."

First Solar Inc. is building two 20-megawatt solar farms in St. Clair Township, including the Moore Solar Farm north of Rokeby Line and west of Highway 40.

A second solar farm is being built south of Bentpath Line and east of Baseline Road in the township.

Peter Carrie, a vice-president with First Solar, said the worker received a shock to several fingers on his right hand while working at the Moore Solar Farm.

"We're not releasing, really, any more details than that just because it's under investigation."

But Carrie said he understood the worker was to be released from hospital.

"We're working co-operatively with (the ministry) to make sure that there are no unsafe conditions on the sites, before we resume work," he said.


Carrie said the ministry's order covers specific types of activities connected with the incident, and not the entire construction site.

"What we've done for the rest of this week is we're still working at both sites but we've restricted the type of activity to essentially non-electrical work."

Carrie said the company wants to make sure the cause of the incident "is well understood before people continue with that type of task."

Wet conditions and mud have been interrupting work at the two sites, where the company has a total of about 875 workers, Carrie said.

"We've been significantly challenged by the weather over the last several weeks, especially with the four inches of rain we had last week and the rain this week."

That has put both projects behind schedule, Carrie said.

"We got off to a roaring start on the projects in August but we have had a lot of very damp weather this fall."

The company is trying to complete construction of both solar farms by the end of the year.

Once in operation, each of the solar farms is expected to produce enough power for about 2,800 homes.


Source: http://www.theobserver.ca/A...

OCT 28 2011
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