2020 has been an incredible year of growth for the G+ members despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, with a greater number of projects under construction, which has led to an intra-year increase of almost 50% in hours worked in construction projects. Against an increase in the work carried out by G+ members, the industry’s focus on health and safety remained resolute. Recordable injuries reached their lowest number on record, 95, driving the G+ total recordable injury rate down to 3.75 incidents per million hours worked.
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. The latest G+ Incident Data Report highlighted that in 2020 G+ members have suffered the lowest number of high potential incidents since 2015, as well as a 19% reduction in high potential incidents and injuries from 2019. This is a testament to the efforts made by industry to continuously improve the safety of its activities and export learnings from mature markets to newer ones.
Commenting on the report, Tove Lunde, G+ Chair and head of Safety, Security and Sustainability in New Energy Solution at Equinor, said:
“These results cement our firm belief that collaborative work is fundamental in bringing about safety improvements.”
“Lifting operations remain an area of concern and the G+ has been tirelessly working with the supply chain and several organisations to address specific incidents. Our efforts are translating into a continuous reduction in the number of high potential incidents reported during lifting operations. In 2020, we also experienced a significant reduction in emergency response and medical evacuation injuries. We are determined to continue collaborating across the board to further improve.”
As such, despite the positive statistics validating the good work done by the G+ and its members to improve the safety of the offshore wind sector, the G+ is committed to creating safer working environments. The G+ is working to define the course of action to further decrease the areas where high potential incidents are identified by sharing knowledge across sites and by developing self-assessment forms where G+ members can assess internally their sites.
Examining disaggregated performance ratios between construction and development sites for the second year in a row, revealed that both site types have improved in terms of their recordable injury ratios, with construction sites experiencing a lower number of recordable injuries per million hours worked than operational sites both years.
In 2020, the G+ launched its second report for technicians, utilising the learnings and feedback received from the first summary report for technicians in 2019, the G+ has updated the format of its report directed at technicians to improve the content and its interpretability by technicians during their transit to sites.
For the first time, both incident data reports come to life through Toolbox, an incident learning app hosted by the Energy Institute. Both reports incorporate links or QR codes that lead readers to incident learnings related to the topics being discussed. Hence, providing insights into real-life incidents faced by the offshore wind workforce.
For more information on the G+ incident data or to navigate the data interactively, visit our Health and safety statistics page.