New onshore wind group to champion workforce health and Safety
SafetyOn, the health and safety group for the onshore wind sector facilitated by the Energy Institute, was today launched at the RenewableUK Wind & Emergency Response 2019 Conference in Birmingham.
A not-for-profit, member-led collaboration, SafetyOn brings together industry leaders, health and safety experts, regulators and supply chain organisations across the UK onshore wind sector helping to place health and safety at the forefront of all onshore wind activity and development.
The EI is providing the project management and secretariat for the group which will improve visibility about the sector’s health and safety performance, as well as assisting industry stakeholders to ensure key emerging risks are mitigated through co-operation and shared learnings.
SafetyOn Chair and Chief Executive – ScottishPower Renewables Lindsay McQuade said: ‘The onshore wind sector is a story of success in the UK – its delivered investment of £35bn, employs thousands and underpins the UK’s position as a leader in decarbonisation.’
‘With that success comes responsibility to ensure that every single employee has a safe and healthy working environment. I’m delighted to see the industry coming together to form SafetyOn to support this ambition.’
‘Over the next year I will be working with industry leaders to ensure that the message of health and safety is at the heart of the onshore wind renewable industry.’
SafetyOn Deputy Chair and Service Director UK & Ireland – Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Keith Wallace said: ‘I am in no doubt that the formation of SafetyOn will be instrumental in the positive progress of safety performance for onshore wind in the UK.’
‘Through SafetyOn we can drive collaboration and accountability as a team to leverage this experience for the wider benefit. We must take the lead by solving common problems together, setting high standards and deliver on our commitments.’
SafetyOn’s primary objective for 2019 is to develop a means of collecting industry wide health and safety performance data and statistical analysis of industry trends to drive empirical decision making in areas of health and safety improvement.
Other key good practice work programmes include switchgear safety in the wind industry, integrated onshore emergency response and working under suspended loads.
The 19 wind organisations that have come together to establish SafetyOn are: