Scottish Power chief plays down rise in offshore wind-ustry worker injuries

Jonathan Cole
Jonathan Cole

There has been an increase in work-place injuries to offshore wind-ustry workers in the latest figures published for 2016 by the Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+).

The association, supported by the Energy Institute, has published the 2016 health and safety statistics for the offshore wind sector.

But while there has been increase in the number of worker-injuries, Jonathan Cole, Managing Director – Offshore, Scottish Power Renewables and G+ Chairman, said:

“When comparing 2016 performance against what was reported in 2015, the performance is broadly unchanged although there has been a reduction in the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR).”

The TRIR and Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) are established safety performance indicators and for 2016 are summarised below:

  Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR)
2016  1.98 5.52
2015  1.93 5.99

 

For 2016, the incident data report shows there were a total of 987 reported incidents. The LTIF and TRIR provide a comparison of health and safety performance across the sector and are calculated using the data below.

  • 73 million hours worked
  • 43 Lost work day incidents
  • 35 Restricted work day incidents
  • 42 Medical treatment injuries

G+ (formerly the G9) started reporting on the health and safety performance across their offshore wind farm sites four years ago. Since this time the reporting requirements ‘have evolved and improved’ and these are now well recognised as the most authoritative sources of H&S statistics to call upon in the offshore wind industry.

Cole added: “I am pleased to see a reduction in the overall TRIR number reported, but it is important to understand the reasons behind these numbers in order to identify where the risks are presenting themselves, and whether collectively the industry through the G+ needs to respond by initiating new projects or workstreams.”

Scottish Energy News asked Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) to provide further explanation of these figures.

But – at time of going to press – no reply had been received.

The following statement has since been provided by G+ following initial publication of this report, as below:

‘Since the G+ first started reporting on the health and safety performance across their offshore wind farm sites in 2013, the LTIF rate has varied from year to year, both up and down, for instance in 2013 the LTIF was recorded at 2.81.

Our understanding of the underlying reasons for this are the focus of next year’s report as we look to improve the quality of the data report year upon year. The G+ is therefore pleased to highlight that further information on the direct and underlying causes of lost work day incidents will be collected throughout the G+ and feature in the 2017 annual report. There is a real need to understand the organisational causes of incidents if there is to be significant improvement across the industry.’

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