The offshore wind industry in the UK saw its health and safety record improve during 2017, compared to the previous year, new figures show.
A report released by the G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation revealed that there were 46 fewer high potential incidents reported in 2017 than in 2016, despite more than five million additional hours being worked in the sector last year.
There was also an eight per cent reduction in the lost time injury frequency, as well as a 14 per cent fall in the number of restricted work day incidents.
However, the organisation stated that while the figures are encouraging, they should not lead to complacency among those working in the offshore wind sector. One of the biggest issues to focus on is that of dropped objects, the report noted.
It also revealed that there was a rise in medical treatment injuries in 2017 compared to the previous year.
Chairman of G+ and Managing Director of Innogy Renewables UK Paul Cowling commented: “These reports provide industry with invaluable data and good practice to make sure that health and safety standards remain industry’s absolute priority.”
Given that the sector is continuing to grow and provide ever more of the country’s energy, it’s important to maintain employee competencies and training for employees who require GWO training and industry-related accreditations.
In July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced that the next competitive auction for the procurement of renewable power will take place in May 2019.
As a result, offshore wind capacity in the UK is expected to double in the next decade, providing not only a low-carbon energy source, but one that’s getting ever cheaper for consumers as it becomes a greater part of the country’s energy mix.