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.
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.
SafetyOn are developing good practise guidance for working in confined spaces in onshore WTG, including adequate advance planning, and procedures to be in place to comply with the Confined Space Regulations requirements.
Decommissioning of Turbines
This workstream focuses on planned decommissioning and emergency decommissioning. Guidance covering all aspects of decommissioning at site will be produced.
Electrical Safety: Hierarchy of control and competence
This workstream addresses the risks associated with HV equipment
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 are collaborating with colleagues from the offshore wind industry through the G+ Global offshore wind health and safety organisation, to address the risks associated with onshore civil construction works.
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.
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.
Ewan McMillan, Health & Safety Director,, Scottish Power Renewables
Ewan McMillan has worked in the power industry for over 30 years largely in the operational leadership of power plants, thermal, hydro, pumped-storage and distribution energy networks. He has a keen interest in risk management, particularly from a practical perspective. Ewan applied engineering and operational experience to the subject of safety and health and so hasn’t come from a traditional safety background. His colleague once kindly said that “He’d done safety by osmosis”.
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