The G+ has worked with several universities on offshore wind health and safety.
The University of Portsmouth was contracted to provide a detailed ergonomics assessment, identifying the key risks to technicians (short- and long-term), associated with ladder climbing in the offshore wind industry.
The report provides the outcomes from a review and analysis of existing literature on ladder climbing and the effects of this activity on the human body (short- and long-term) as well as the review of existing design and operational standards for ladders used in the offshore wind industry. It identifies the key risks to technicians (long term and short term) and includes the results from an ergonomic assessment of ladder climbing and provides recommendations. The report also provides recommendations for future work and research.
The G+ assisted a group of REMS students on the topic of human free lifting. Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) is an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). It is a collaboration between Cranfield, Oxford and Strathclyde Universities.
The aim of the work was to conduct research into and assess the feasibility of methods and technologies that could reduce the need for personnel in the vicinity of lifting operations during installation of offshore wind turbines. They employed a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis method combined with a review of existing technological solutions and recommendations for new ones, and a cross industry survey, which allowed the capturing of real information of the views of operators and practitioners with respect to the criteria importance when it comes to the benchmarking of concepts. The paper was awarded best paper at WindEurope2018.
One of the G+ members, Ørsted, has employed an industrial PhD student to investigate the physical requirements in offshore wind. Part 1 is to undertake a survey to investigate associations between self-reported physical exposure, musculoskeletal complaints and physical fitness among technicians in Ørsted. Part 2 is to measure the physical capacity of technicians with a health check including VO2 max and muscle strength of the shoulder, neck, lower back and forearm and to observe the physical exposure of with accelerometery and heartrate monitoring. Part 3 is to design and test the feasibility of a 12-week on-site training, aimed at improving physical capacity. The results are due to be made available at the end of 2020.