Debut offshore wind safety stats

A group of nine leading offshore wind industry players have produced their first annual health and safety data report showing some 616 reported incidents last year at 35 sites across northern Europe.

The report from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association, in partnership with the UK’s Energy Institute (EI), identifies 66 lost work days in 2013; 12 restricted work days; 30 medical treatment injuries; 61 first aid incidents; 345 near hits and 102 hazards.

There were no fatalities reported by the G9 companies last year.

“Within the G9 member companies, health and safety is of utmost importance,” says Benj Sykes, chairman of the G9 board of directors and Dong Energy’s UK country manager.

“The publication of this report is pivotal and the first step to laying a foundation in which we can begin to measure, manage and continuously improve our health and safety performance more effectively,” he says.

The G9 says the offshore wind industry has seen an impressive growth in activity in recent years as the demand for low carbon electricity increases.

The association says working in an offshore environment means health and safety has to be a priority and there is an expectation the industry will demonstrate, and improve, its performance.

Since its formation in 2010, the G9 has been collecting health, safety and environment (HSE) information and statistics from its members. The publication of the report fulfils a G9 objective to be transparent and to reduce HSE risks in the offshore wind industry.

Through the EI, the G9 are committed to publishing incident data reports on an annual basis in order to identify trends, areas of improvement and to allow for benchmarking performance against other industries.

The G9 went into partnership with the EI last year to develop good practice guidelines to improve health and safety performance in the industry. The data has been essential in informing the development of these guidelines, to be published later this year.

The members of G9 are Centrica, Dong Energy, E.ON, RWE Innogy, Scottish Power Renewables, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.

A diver died last year while working on the 108MW Riffgat project off Germany being built by EWE, which is not part of the G9.