G9 data shows increase in number of UK offshore wind accidents and injuries

offshore safety IOSH photoThe G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association –  supported by the Energy Institute (EI) – has published the 2015 health and safety statistics for the offshore wind sector.

Since 2013, the G9 has reported on the health and safety performance of G9 members across the UK and Northern Europe.

After collecting additional data from UK Round 3 developers (including non-G9 members) and, in response to industry demand, these latest statistics are separated into two reports – one covering the G9-member European offshore wind farms, and another providing information specifically on the UK wind-ustry for both members and non-members of G9.

When comparing 2015 performance against the previous year, in Europe the performance is broadly unchanged, whereas there has been an increase in the total recordable injury rate and Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) for the UK sector.

The TRIR and LTIF are established safety performance indicators and are included in each of the G9 reports, these are:

    Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF)     Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR)  
2015 EU    1.93 5.99
2015 UK    2.96 7.95

The incident data report for G9 members shows there were a total of 983 reported incidents in 2015. The LTIF and TRIR provide a fair comparison of health and safety performance across the sector and are calculated using the data below.

  • 21.22 milliion hours worked
  • 41 Lost work days
  • 32 Restricted work days
  • 54 Medical treatment injuries

Jonathan Cole, G9 Chairman, said: “These reports provide the industry with a valuable insight into safety performance, including benchmarking figures so that performance can be assessed against other industrial sectors and against previous years.

“Although the TRIR and LTIF do not show the whole story, it is important to understand the changes in these numbers and I will be working closely with my G9 colleagues and other industry stakeholders to ensure measures are put into place to instigate the necessary performance improvement.’

For more information:  www.g9offshorewind.com/hse-statistics

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