Offshore health and safety boost – G+ report says incidents that could lead to fatalities or life-changing injuries were down in 2018

Health and safety incidents fell last year among members of the G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation, according to a new report.

The 2018 Incident Data Report found that high potential incidents – defined as having the ability to cause a fatality or a life-changing injury – were down 13% in 2018 compared to 2017.

The report, which will be launched today at Global Offshore Wind 2019 in London, also highlighted that overall there was a 17% decrease in the lost time injury frequency compared to the previous year.

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

This improved safety performance was further reflected in the 22% decrease of the total recordable injury rate, the report added.

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

G+ chairman and Innogy Renewables UK managing director Paul Cowling 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 said that the decrease in total incidents occurred as a result of several factors, including an improving 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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