The G+ is the recognised authority for offshore wind health and safety statistics. The G+, supported by the EI, has published two new statistics reports for the offshore wind sector:
G+ 2019 incident data report
G+ 2019 incident data report for technicians
The G+ 2019 incident data report has benefited from an improved reporting protocol, enabling the G+ to update its metrics. 2019 has become the first year in which the G+ presented its data as the number of injuries rather than the number of incidents. As a result, 2019 has seen an increase in the number of reportable injuries with respect to the previous year. Against this backdrop, the G+ total recordable injury rate remained as second-best year on record in terms of performance.
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The G+ has historically focused its efforts on the main work processes where high potential incidents occur. High potential incidents are defined as having the ability to cause a fatality or a life-changing injury, which have followed a continuous decreasing path since 2016. Lifting operations, working at heights, and transfers from vessels, are the processes where most high potential incidents occur, the G+ work on these topics has positively contributed to lower the number of incidents occurring while performing these activities.
For the first time, the report incorporates disaggregated performance ratios between construction and development sites. This comparison reveals that in 2019, construction sites have experienced a lower number of recordable injuries per million hours worked than operational sites.
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Commenting on the report, Tove Lunde, G+ Chair and head of Safety, Security and Sustainability in New Energy Solution at Equinor, said:
"Whilst we continue on a general trend of improvement in our safety performance, 2019 does show an increase in the reported number of injuries, especially those relating to lost workdays. We are therefore disappointed with our 2019 incident data. Especially following the significant progress made the previous year. The difference is in part driven by a change in the metrics used to collate and analyse the data, but is nonetheless still a focus of discussion and attention, with members scrutinising reported incidents to establish if appropriate G+ guidance was in place and if being followed. We have also been working with the wider supply chain to ensure the lessons learned from these incidents are made available to as wide an audience as possible, primarily through the Toolbox Incident learning App hosted by the Energy Institute."
In order to expand the reach of the report, G+ has launched a summary of its incident data report aimed at technicians. The report highlights the key points from our data with the aim to aid its delivery via toolbox talks. Furthermore, an incident data report video was released to inform professionals working in the industry who would benefit from a video format that could further contextualize the data presented in the report.
For more information on the G+ incident data or to navigate the data interactively, visit our Health and safety statistics page.