Since the formation of the SafetyOn, and under the direction of the Board of Directors, member companies through the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) have met on a monthly basis to discuss experiences from accidents and incidents and to share lessons learned. Facilitated by the TAC Leader, the aim of these discussions has been to better understand the risks in the onshore wind industry, their root causes and possible mitigation actions to prevent further accidents and incidents.
Through the sharing and analysis of incident data provided by SafetyOn member companies, an evidence based understanding of the risks encountered during the development, construction and operational phases of a wind farm project is produced. This information will be used to identify key risks in the onshore wind industry and inform the SafetyOn work programme.
Active work streams
Transformer and Switchgear Issues
This workstream focuses on switchgear safety in the wind industry. SafetyOn are examining the risks posed from switchgear and transformers (equipment) depending on location.
Communication with Stakeholders
This workstream was formed to design a visual identity for SafetyOn, to promote the brand and to develop an engagement platform with relevant stakeholders.
Data Collection, Validation and Analysis
Incident data gathering, and sharing, has become an important asset that guides the offshore wind industry’s health and safety workstreams, helping to develop industry wide standards and guidance.
Integrated Onshore Emergency Response
Under this workstream the current version of the RUK IOER document has been rewritten as a parallel match to the offshore wind guidance.
Working Under Suspended Loads
SafetyOn instigated a specific workstream regarding the onshore wind industry’s compliance with LOLER 1998 specifically with regards to personnel working under suspended loads.
Wind Turbine Safety Rules (WTSR)
SafetyOn are the new custodians of the WTSRs. This work stream has been formed to ensure successful transition of the rules, guidance and procedures from RenewableUK (RUK) to SafetyOn.
Tier 2 Participant Engagement
This workstream is to engage with SafetyOn Tier 2 members, allowing integration, with their knowledge and expereince, in the SafetyOn work programme. This workstream will allow Tier 2 members a voice in SafetyOn operations and guarantee best possible benefits of their membership.
This workstream will examine traffic management for onshore windfarm sites and develop a good practice guidance to assist the industry in the design, planning, implementation and maintenance of traffic management systems.
SafetyOn consider human and organisational factors can impact on occupational and process safety performance in the onshore wind industry. Under this workstream SafetyOn will examine the effects of emotional well being, fatigue, and an increase in ageing workforce.
SafetyOn Human Factors in Renewables
Decommissioning of Turbines
This workstream focuses on planned decommissioning and emergency decommissioning. Guidance covering all aspects of decommissioning at site will be produced.
David Goodfellow, Head of Quality and HSE, Northern Europe, Nordex Group
David Goodfellow is a chartered electrical engineer, safety professional and MBA. During his early career, he managed various disciplines within manufacturing and supply chain environments, always with a business excellence focus where he has applied lean and six sigma techniques. He has been managing QHSE since 2002 in manufacturing, research, construction and service environments within ALSTOM, AREVA and Siemens. David joined the wind industry in 2010 and is Head of QHSE for Nordex covering Northern and Eastern Europe. David currently also works with the safety committees of WindEurope, VDMA, GWO and IWEA to develop and share good practice within the industry.
TAC Vice Chair
Karl Sollis, Head of QHSE, Deutsche Windtechnik
Karl Sollis is an Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. He started his health & safety career in 2001 in the Telecommunication industry advising on various aspects of industry including field & network operations, call centres & live television work. Karl joined the onshore wind industry in 2010 with an OEM working extensively in Germany, Ireland & Sweden overseeing the implementation of the WTSR on in excess of 130 Wind Farms across the UK & Ireland . He has a particular interest in working at height & rescue techniques. He currently also works with the OSRG to maintain & develop the WTSR.
Members of SafetyOn
- Banks Renewables Limited
- Deutsche Windtechnik
- EDF Renewables
- Enercon Services UK Ltd
- Falck Renewables
- Fred Olsen Renewables
- GE Energy (UK) Limited
- Natural Power
- Renewable Energy Systems Ltd
- ScottishPower Renewables
- Siemens Gamesa
- SSE Renewables
- Vattenfall UK
- Ventient Energy
- Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Ltd