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Thursday, 19 November 2015
11:30 - 13:00 Ensuring best and consistent practice in health & safety
Health & safety  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Belleville
Lead Session Chair:
Mette Pedersen, LM Windpower, Denmark
Athanasios Kolios, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
Andrew Sykes Energy Institute, United Kingdom
Andrew Sykes (1) F
(1) Energy Institute, London, United Kingdom

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Andrew Sykes started his career in 2007 at the Energy Institute, working in the Technical Department on engineering and operations solutions to support companies storing and handling refined petroleum products. He developed in this role to eventually be responsible for managing the EI’s work programme on distribution and safety activities, assisting companies operating top tier and lower tier COMAH sites in meeting their legal requirements as specified in the ATEX and SEVESO Directives. In 2013 he changed roles to become responsible for managing delivery of the G9 Offshore Wind Health & Safety Association (G9) work programme seeking to improve health and safety performance in the offshore wind industry.


G9 offshore wind health & safety association – a developer led initiative to improve h&s performance in the offshore wind industry


Since the formation of the G9, and under the direction of the Board of Directors, member companies through the Focal Group have met on a monthly basis to discuss experiences from accidents and incidents and to share lessons learned. Facilitated by the Focal Group Leader, the aim of these discussions has been to better understand the risks in the offshore wind industry, their root causes and possible mitigation actions to prevent further accidents and incidents.


At the end of 2014 the G9 developed and published two good practice guidelines: Working at height in the offshore wind industry and The safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry. Both these publications are widely recognised as best practice in the offshore wind industry and since publication both G9 members and supply chain companies have been working on implementing the recommendations contained into their management systems and site procedures.

Main body of abstract

In early 2015 the G9 published their 2014 incident data report, which builds on the information contained in the 2013 Data Report by including for the first time in the public domain Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) and Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) benchmarking metrics. The report also highlights the risk profile for the offshore wind sector and where efforts are needed to prevent injuries from occurring on offshore wind farm projects.
Since end 2014 the G9 has taken on the ownership of the “Safe by Design” workshop initiative which was formerly run by The Crown Estate. Within the G9, there is a strong desire to investigate improvements in the design phase of an offshore wind farm project which will lead to a reduction in the number of incidents and lead to improvements and efficiencies in H&S performance and these workshops represent an important method in meeting this objective.


Throughout 2015 the G9 members have engaged with numerous offshore wind stakeholders and regulators, and have responded to e.g. the UK HSE clarifying expectations on their sites for transferring personnel from Crew Transfer vessels to offshore wind turbines.

Learning objectives
As part of the presentation at EWEA 2015 Annual Event, delegates will be able to hear from a senior member from the G9 association who will provide updates and latest positions on the range of activities described above, and other activities which have taken place throughout 2015. Feedback and implications of the publications and statistics will also be explored further.