Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, 2020 saw an increase of almost 50% in the construction hours at new offshore wind sites built by members of G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+), according to new data.

Throughout this period, the industry’s focus on health and safety remained resolute, with the 2020 G+ Incident Data Report highlighting the lowest number of high potential incidents since 2015, as well as a 19% reduction in high potential incidents and injuries from 2019.

2020 also saw the lowest number of recordable injuries, with less than 100 recordable injuries occurring for the first time since G+ benchmarking began. G+ and its members remain vigilant however, with lifting operations and high potential hazards during working at height both remaining areas of concerted effort and attention.

Commenting on the report, G+ Chair and Vice President of Safety, Security and Sustainability, Equinor Renewables, Tove Lunde said:

“The real progress industry achieved last year in its safety performance is testament to the hard work of G+ and its members.

“G+ has continued to demonstrate its global leadership by bringing industry together to deliver demonstrable change and reduce injury frequency, despite an unparalleled year.

“While this progress is welcome, G+ is uncompromising in its focus on maintaining industry safety, particularly as we emerge into a post-COVID world and offshore wind capacity continues to expand.”

Nick Wayth CEng FEI, Chief Executive of the Energy Institute, home to the G+ secretariat, commented:

“As the deployment of offshore wind soars, we must always have the safety of the growing workforce as the main priority. Working in marine environments and at height pose a particular challenge, so this new data is reassuring.

“The EI is particularly pleased this past year to start bringing the incident data to life through Toolbox, our web app which puts bitesize incident lessons in the hands of those on the front line who need it.”

Setup in partnership with the Energy Institute, G+ works to tackle health and safety issues in the industry through four main work programmes: incident data reporting, good practice guidelines, safe by design and learning from incidents.

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