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Offshore Wind Should Focus On Dropped Objects

A new report has suggested that dropped objects are one of the biggest health and safety risks in the offshore wind sector.

Dropped objects are one of the biggest health and safety risks in the offshore wind sector, a new report has suggested.

Energy Voice highlighted the new white paper published by Dropsafe, a firm that specialises in dropped object prevention technology. In the report, the organisation stated that dropped objects are an “ever-present, increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind”.

It also notes that it’s important for those operating in the sector to take action now, before a major incident occurs.

The news provider also cited data from industry body G+, which revealed there were 169 dropped object incidents last year, with 47 per cent of these occurring on a wind turbine.

Mike Rice, Commercial Director at Dropsafe, commented: “The industry is under pressure to keep a lid on costs, but this approach in pushing towards a lower levelized cost of energy cannot come at the expense of health and safety best practice.”

In its latest report on health and safety in the offshore wind sector, G+ noted that the health and safety record of the sector improved in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Not only were there 46 fewer high profile incidents last year than in 2016, but five million additional hours were also worked in the offshore wind environment during 2017.

This report also highlighted the issue of dropped objects, with those working in the sector urged not to become complacent about its health and safety record.

If you want to make sure your teams are fully prepared for work in this challenging environment, make sure they have undertaken the GWO working at heights course and other renewables such as advanced offshore rescue and medical training to maintain skills and competency on frequent basis.