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Wednesday, 11 March 2015
11:45 - 13:15 Health & safety - Improve standards: Reduce cost

Health & safety  

Room: A11
Session description

This session strives to encourage the pursuance of harmonisation and sharing of EHS intelligence as part of the route map to cost reduction. Within the session topics will include: 
1. Demystfying Regulation
2. Benchmarking
3. Leadership in HSE
4. HSE in cost reduction

Learning Objectives

1. Contrast HSE regulatory approaches across the EU.
2. Appreciate the benefits of regulatory and standards harmonisation.
3. Appreciate HSE benchmarks and industry statistics.
4. Recognise the high importance of leadership in HSE.
5. Appreciate the implication of HSE in cost reduction.

Lead Session Chair:
Alan Chivers, The Renewables Consulting Group, United Kingdom

Nick Chivers, PMSS
Stephen Rose SSE, United Kingdom

(1) Statoil ASA, Fornebu, United Kingdom

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Presenter's biography

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

Stephen has worked in the Electricity Supply Industry since starting an apprenticeship with the local Distribution Network Operator, Eastern Electricity in 1987. He has worked through privatisation and various acquisitions as a cable jointer, technician and field coach until joining GE Energy in 2000 as their UK Health and Safety Manager.
A spell followed for two years as a Six Sigma Black Belt supporting O&M mobilisation and customer quality projects all over the world including South Korea and Nigeria.
He then worked as the Operations Manager responsible for the production team on a 400MW gas fired power station in Great Yarmouth having also spent 12 month in the GE Offshore Wind business in UK and Europe as Commercial Manager.
After a period as Plant Manager for a 40MW biomass fired power station in Thetford Stephen has now been with SSE for 7 years as an Operations Manager for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm and more recently as the Head of Offshore Wind Generation responsible for SSE’s portfolio of offshore wind assets.
Stephen is also on the Board of Directors for Walney Offshore Wind Ltd and also a Board member of the Trust of Petans Training in Norwich. Most recently Stephen has taken on the role as Focal Group Leader for the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association.


G9 offshore wind health & safety association - comparing hse performance with other energy sectors


The G9, whose membership includes nine of the world’s largest offshore wind developers, have come together to provide leadership in order to improve health and safety performance across all phases of offshore wind farm projects. They have collected HSE statistics that have been used to identify the industry H&S risk profile. The statistics for 2013 have been published in a report which can be accessed through the G9 website. Since the beginning of 2014, additional data (included hours worked) have been collected in order to generate benchmark numbers which can be used to compare HSE performance against other sectors.


Incident data are provided by G9 members to the EI for analysis on a quarterly basis. Incident data are captured under the following inputs:

1. Facts: (including date, company, site type, etc)
2. Incident area: (e.g. access roads, boatlanding, turbine tower, etc)
3. Work process: (e.g. lifting operations, working at height, etc)
4. Consequence: (e.g. lost work day, near hit, etc)
5. Follow up: (e.g. conference call, safety alert, etc)

Total hours worked (client and contractor) are also being collected. In addition, specific data are being collected on HiPo incidents, medivacs and dropped objects.

Main body of abstract

Collation of the HSE incident data, together with the total hours worked from the G9 members has allowed for the generation of benchmarking numbers. After discussion within the G9, there was agreement to use Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) and Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR), per million hours worked. Both LTIF and TRIR are well established and used by a number of other industry sectors (e.g. oil and gas, marine construction, etc) to assess HSE performance.

Within the G9, preliminary comparisons of HSE performance (using these metrics) has been undertaken against the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). The comparison has shown the following:

Organisations Total recordable injury rate (TRIR) Lost time injury frequency (LTIF)
G9 (Q1/Q2 2014) 4.95 1.73
OGP (2013) 2.34 0.77
IMCA (2012) 1.93 0.51
IADC (2013) 7.92 2.54

The implications of these data, what it means for the industry going forward, how these can be used and interpreted to assist the industry in improving HSE performance will all be touched upon in the presentation. In addition, data for Q3 and Q4 2014 will have been collected and analysed and so there the presentation will fully reflect and consider the HSE performance of the G9 members for 2014.


The offshore wind industry is under pressure to reduce costs across all phases of the project lifecycle whilst at the same time improve HSE performance and reduce the number of incidents which result in injury to personnel.

The G9 HSE statistics will for the first time allow for accurate benchmarking of HSE performance against other industries which operate in the marine, oil and gas and associated energy industries. These data will ensure that the offshore wind industry is not assessed in isolation on HSE performance but also through comparison with other sectors.

Learning objectives
Delegates will be able to see for the first time benchmark performance of the offshore wind industry against other sectors. They will be take this information away back into their day jobs and use it to communicate within their companies. For those working in companies with other generation assets, these data can be compared with e.g. thermal and onshore wind industry performance.