G9 releases 2015 HSE statistics for offshore wind sector

Tuesday, 28 June, 2016 - 13:00
The G9 HSE statistics report provides incident data for UK offshore wind farm sites and useful references for all those involved in improving health and safety performance in the offshore wind industry. (Photo: alpha ventus / DOTI)
The G9 HSE statistics report provides incident data for UK offshore wind farm sites and useful references for all those involved in improving health and safety performance in the offshore wind industry. (Photo: alpha ventus / DOTI)

The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9), supported by the Energy Institute (EI), has published the 2015 health and safety (HSE) statistics for the offshore wind sector that provides incident data for UK offshore wind farm sites.

The primary aim of the G9 is to create and deliver world class health and safety performance across all of its activities in the offshore wind industry. 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 G9 member European offshore wind farms, and another providing information specifically on the UK offshore wind farms of both G9 and non-G9 members.

The first UK data report was published in 2014 providing industry benchmarking TRIR and LTIF figures. The Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) and the Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) are established safety performance indicators. In 2015 the G9 has expanded the report analysis presented to now include dropped objects, medivacs and emergency response, and also high potential (HiPo) incidents

When comparing 2015 performance against what was reported in 2014, in Europe the performance is broadly unchanged, whereas there has been an increase in the TRIR and LTIF for the UK sector. The incident data report for G9 members shows there were a total of 983 reported incidents in 2015.

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director – Offshore, ScottishPower Renewables and Chairman – G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association, says: “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.’

You can download a copy of the 2015 reports at: www.g9offshorewind.com/hse-statistics

Silke Funke / G9 / Energy Institute

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