Increase in Health and Safety Incidents in Offshore Wind

07 July by Miriam Heale


The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association has reported a sharp increase in UK offshore wind work injuries and lost time incidents;  measuring a 31% jump in the total recordable injury rate (TRIR) in 2015 over the previous year while the lost time injury frequency (LTIF) rate leaped 34%.

The G9 has published the 2015 health and safety (HSE) statistics for the offshore wind sector that provides incident data for UK offshore wind farm sites.

A total of 983 incidents were reported last year in Europe and 790 in the UK. LTIF rates were, respectively, 1.93 and 2.96 per million hours worked while the TRIR was 5.99 in Europe and 7.95 in the UK.

In November 2015, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) gave the G9 a clear mandate to take on a more visible leadership role in driving the improvement of health and safety performance in the offshore wind industry and its membership comprises leading lights in the offshore wind industry, including; Dong, Vattenfall, Statkraft, Centrica, RWE and EDF.

The G9 chair Jonathan Cole when recently interviewed by reNEWS said; “It is important to understand the changes... and I will be working closely with... industry stakeholders to ensure measures are put into place to instigate the necessary performance improvement.”

The G9 was formed to create and deliver world class health and safety performance across all of its activities in the offshore wind industry, health and safety standards are already very high and they are expected to address this increase and take steps to drive figures back down. 

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