The number of reported incidents in the offshore wind industry has increased for the second year running. The third annual report by G9, the Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association, revealed a continuing rise in work related injuries. The total number of reported incidents across Northern Europe rose from 616 in 2013, to 959 the following year, and has peaked at 983 in 2015.
Although overall European performance remains broadly unchanged, the UK statistics are less favourable. The total recordable injury rate increased by just under a third (31%) compared to 2014, whilst the lost time injury frequency rate increased by just over a third (34%). In comparison, the same European figures were subject to a variation of no greater than 4% in either direction.
In both Europe and the UK, the highest numbers of incidents were recorded at the ‘Facility Management’ stage, with the second greatest incident volume being attributed to ‘Marine Operations’. Both locations recorded a decline in work hours compared to 2014: Europe produced an 11% decrease, whilst the UK figure dropped by 36%.
Importantly, the report indicates zero fatalities in the offshore wind industry for the third successive year. Nevertheless, G9 is expected to push for greater measures aimed at reducing the number of non-fatal incidents. Jonathan Cole, Chairman of G9, found that “when reviewing these figures it is clear to see that improvements are needed in order to achieve parity in performance against other sectors”.
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