Presented by Todd Shelton, Owner and Partner of Star Safety Services
“People told me when I started in this industry nine years ago that wind turbines would run 20 years right out of the box with little attention,” says Todd Shelton, owner and partner of Star Safety Services. “But no complex mechanical and electrical device can run 20 years without a lot of attention.” Shelton says he’ll provide some tips to providing that attention by speaking to techs on electrical safety, and in particular, the importance of knowing how to read an electrical drawing, how to use a multimeter and safely test for voltages, and the importance of using those two items together.
“One of the most under stressed disciplines that I’ve seen has been proper preparation. This has let techs get up tower without knowing how to read a set of prints that tells them where to go and what voltage to read for tests,” says Shelton. Not knowing how to use a volt meter in a nacelle can be dangerous.
So Shelton’s presentation will go over standard or basic voltmeters, nothing fancy, he says. “We’ll discuss the difference between ac and dc voltage, and the symbols on drawings that describe ac and dc circuits. And if the attendees ask the right questions, we’ll get into some troubleshooting tips.”
Good news, says Shelton, is that the latest crop of turbines are greatly improved over those from the last 8 to 10 years. “But some issues remain and we’ll cover those and how to handle them safely,” he says.