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HEALTH & SAFETY


HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY


THE CROWN ESTATE


In our first Health & Safety feature we concentrated on the HSE policy to set the ground rules, so that everyone is made aware of their responsibilities and where to seek guidance.


We now move forward and introduce ourselves to the real world with real situations so that we may better understand the risks involved and how we can manage that risk in a very practical way.


Who better than to ask the Crown Estate to relay their vast experience to help in that process.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Cpt. Peter Hodgetts is a Master Mariner and mechanical engineer with a lifetime of experience in offshore construction and marine projects. Peter came into the


Peter was brought in to work alongside the existing Health and Safety team and complement the focus that The Crown Estate established by setting 25% of the marks for Health and Safety in the recent Round 3 tendering. Whilst his focus is primarily on Round 3 at present, his responsibility will include both the Wave and Tidal sector as well as the balance of the Crown Estate offshore renewable portfolio.


LESS TIME OFFSHORE CAN REDUCE RISK AND IMPROVE HEALTH & SAFETY THROUGHOUT A PROJECT LIFECYCLE


The offshore environment is potentially hostile and minimising the time spent offshore reduces that risk and the consequences can be improved for Health & Safety. In developing the conceptual design for a project both the design of the foundations, the construction of the turbine and the reliability and access to the turbine is paramount.


renewables industry over ten years ago and is experienced in all aspects of offshore construction and the issues of working in the marine environment. He has been heavily involved in the whole lifecycle of several offshore wind farms including acting as Engineering Manager for a major Round 2 project.


The forthcoming Round 3 Offshore wind farm developments represent huge construction sites which would be challenging onshore, set on the marine stage it becomes even more so. The logistics and scope of building an offshore wind farm is considerable and requires detailed planning, informed design and substantial coordination throughout the lifecycle to mitigate the risks.


Developing a strategy at the project design stage that considers all the elements of design, construction and operation and maintenance and considers how to minimise time spent offshore can inform a total project perspective.


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Wind Energy NETWORK


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