Lost Time Injury accidents in the UK offshore wind industry fell last year (2014) by 34% compared to the previous year – although the total recordable injury rate (TRIR) increased by 3%.
These latest annual figures – the second such data – have been published by the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) and supported by the UK Energy Institute (EI).
This report shows there were a total of 959 reported incidents in 2014. The reported incidents for last year are categorised as follows:
- 44 Lost work days
- 14 Restricted work days
- 54 Medical treatment injuries
- 95 First aid incidents
- 655 Near-hits
- 97 Hazards
The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) brings together nine of the world’s largest renewable energy developers to form a group that places health and safety at the forefront of all offshore wind activity and developments.
The G9 founding members comprise Scotland’s Big Two integrated energy generators and suppliers – SSE and Scottish Power – as wel as Centrica, DONG Energy, E.ON, RWE Innogy, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.
The publication gives a comprehensive insight into the health and safety performance of the G9 members from 45 sites spread across the United Kingdom and Northern Europe.
A registered charity, the Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 20,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide.
The offshore wind industry continues to grow within the UK and Northern Europe. A number of new wind farms have been constructed utilising new technologies and work processes and, with the move to projects being developed further offshore, it has never been more important to have a solid understanding of where the health, safety and environmental (HSE) risks lie.
Benj Sykes, Chairman, G9 Board of Directors, and Head of Asset Management at DONG Energy, said: Within the G9 there is a commitment to be open, honest and transparent concerning our health and safety performance and this report is a valuable resource which helps us identify and respond to emerging HSE risks, and continuously improve the safety performance of our industry.’
Since the first data report was published last year, the G9 has expanded the amount and type of data collected to include hours worked, dropped objects, medivacs and emergency response, and also high potential (HiPo) incidents.