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Deaths from offshore wind stay at zero as ‘potential incidents’ drop by 13% in 2018

Airbus Helicopters is targeting the offshore wind market.

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Offshore wind fatalities have remained at zero for the second year running, as “high potential incidents” dropped by 13% in 2018, according to a safety organisation.

The G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation’s Incident Safety Report 2019 claims that the offshore wind sector saw improved numbers across the board, including incidents which could cause a fatality.

While there was a 13% drop in “high potential incidents”, there was also a 22% drop from 2017 to 2018 in medical injuries.

An overall 17% decrease in the lost time injury frequency compared to the previous year was also reported.

While the overall number of hours reduced by 4% in 2018 from 2017, lost time injuries fell more sharply, reflecting improved safety performance.

The Energy Institute provides the secretariat for G+ and facilitates its work programme.

Paul Cowling, G+ chairman and managing director Innogy Renewables UK, said:“2018 has been a positive year for the G+, as our commitment to improve the health and safety in the offshore wind industry with programmes such as our two yearly Safe By Design workshops, have contributed to our ever improving health and safety performance.

“Our efforts continue to reduce injury frequency, further internationalise the G+ and increase collaboration with other organisations, in promoting our shared goal of improving the health and safety performance of the industry on a global level.”

The report outlines that the decrease in total incidents occurred as a result of an “improved safety culture through shared lessons learned, enhanced industry technologies, a focus of attention across G+ members on high potential hazards and continuous improvement of working methods”.

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