Following a recent opening of its US office and multiple tender wins within the wind industry, GEV Group, which comprises four subdivisions (GEV Wind Power, GEV Offshore, Oxifree UK and Subsea Masters), has launched a bespoke 1st4Safety initiative.
Since the company’s inception in 2008, GEV Group has accumulated over 650,000 working hours without a lost working time incident (LTI). During this time there have been so few ‘minor injuries’ that the GEV Group injury rate is less than one per 100,000 working hours. The 1st4Safety initiative, certified in compliance with OHSAS 18001, promotes continuous assessment, monitoring and improvement of critical processes, and will contribute to ensuring the GEV Group teams are engaged to take care of themselves, their colleagues and employees of fellow organisations, the company said.
GEV stated that it will implement 1st4Safety across all of its divisions, providing each member of the workforce with the skills, awareness, training and equipment to carry out their duties to the highest possible safety standards.
The 1st4safety launch comes shortly after GEV Offshore secured BSI ISO 9001 and 14001 certification for a further three years.
Since entering the renewables market in 2012, GEVs biggest division, GEV Wind Power, has recorded blade maintenance work on over 4GW of installed capacity, equating to more than 1,200 wind turbines across Europe, Asia and the USA.
With recent tender award wins with three of the top 5 Owner Operators in Europe, GEV has secured a further 1.8GW of maintenance contracts in the first half of 2016 alone and with expansion into the US market, GEV said it is on schedule to achieve a total 15GW of maintained capacity before 2020.
“Continual development of the workforce is key to the ongoing growth and success of GEV Group and 1st4Safety will ensure GEV Group continues to lead the way in maintenance, not only for wind power operations, but for the energy sector as a whole,” said GEV Group’s Managing Director, David Fletcher.