G9 Issues Offshore Wind Health & Safety Statistics

The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9), supported by the Energy Institute (EI), has published the 2015 health and safety statistics for the offshore wind sector.

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 Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) and Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) for the UK sector.

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 TRIR and LTIF are established safety performance indicators and are included in each of the G9 reports. LTIF for the EU was 1.93 and 2.96 for the UK, while TRIR was 5.99 for the EU and 7.95 for the UK.

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, said: “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.”

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