Winners of the Renewable Energy Health and Safety Awards announced

Thursday, 4 February, 2016 - 10:30

On the eve of the annual Health and Safety Conference in Birmingham, RenewableUK announced the Renewable Energy Health & Safety Award for 2016. The first place went to Windcat for their recognition of their WindGrip system.

According to RenewableUK, the WindGrip system by Windcat is an innovation which aims to improve the safety and accessibility of offshore wind turbines. It is also a great example of how the wind industry is driving down costs while continually improving its health and safety performance.

The runners-up prize went to Deutsche Windtechnik for their hazard-reporting app NCCAPA (Non Conformity, Corrective Action, Preventative Action). The app was developed as a way of creating the right safety culture within the company from the outset, and to engage employees with the relevant issues. “We are proud and excited to announce that our health and safety project known as NCCAPA has finished runner-up. We are all the more delighted to achieve this over our completion after only six months in the UK marketplace”, said Steven King, QHSE Coordinator of Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd.

RenewableUK’s Director of Health & Safety, Chris Streatfeild, said: “We had an outstanding shortlist of finalists this year, reinforcing the absolute priority given to health and safety issues by the whole industry working both onshore and offshore. While each entry had its own merits in addressing the often complex risks faced by companies on a day-to-day basis, it was clear that innovation and the tangible improvements in health and safety standards were key features of the winner and runner up.”

In addition, the newly created Jerry Carnell Special Commendation Health & Safety Award was presented to Peter Lloyd MBE. Peter is currently Global Head of the Centre of Competence at Siemens Energy, working to identify best health and safety practices across the company’s offshore renewables projects. He has been active across the industry for a number of years, making real contributions to safety standards.

Streatfeild added: “Peter is a worthy winner of this award and exemplifies all of the positive characteristics of individuals who are keen to make things happen. He has been instrumental in driving many important health and safety initiatives forward for the best interests of all those working in the industry. I am sure Jerry Carnell would have been fully supportive of this recognition by his industry peers".

This new award was created in recognition of Jerry Carnell who passed away in 2015. Jerry was a long standing and active member of the renewables industry and was instrumental in championing a variety of health and safety projects. He was also a highly respected professional who made a substantial contribution to raising standards across the sector.

Katharina Garus / RenewableUK

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