• Karl Harkin

How to minimise risk, improve compliance and worker safety for wind farm operations?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Wind turbine technology is constantly evolving and there is an ongoing responsibility to ensure that workers who conduct routine operations and maintenance can do so in the safest conditions possible. Whilst renewable energy is a positive aspect in environmental management, the sobering accident and safety data spotlights how personnel safety is critical. Given the expected growth of wind energy operations managing risk will continue to be an important focus for the industry.

The Caithness Windfarm Information Forum documented cases of wind turbine related accidents and incidents up to 31 March 2021. It is evident that from this graph below that accident cases are continuing to increase.

Source: Caithness Windfarm Information Forum

RenewableUK has produced Onshore Wind Health & Safety Guidelines including:

  • Supporting and enhancing the overall improvement in health and safety performance for onshore wind projects

  • Adding value and reducing costs and uncertainty, by supporting the timely, effective, safe and sustainable delivery and operation of assets throughout their life-cycle

Source: Renewable UK - Onshore Wind Health & Safety Guidelines

How can Skylark’s operational control platform support these guidelines by managing risk, compliance, and worker safety?

Health & Safety Management and Response

  • Skylark operational control platform has built in safety notifications, site worker check-ins, check-outs, adverse weather alerts, lone worker tracking tool and emergency response plans.

  • There is access to the onsite emergency response plan and operational control teams have access to live pictures of the site to enable further management of emergency response.

  • The app also has a free-call feature to contact the site controller should the need arise.

Training Compliance

  • Personnel training details are stored within the Skylark operational control platform and access to work is only ensured for certified workers only.

  • Alerts are received when training is outdated, and site logins are denied if training is outdated.

  • With automated training compliance within the Skylark software, higher standards of safety and reduced risk levels can be achieved.

Site inductions

  • Inductions for site workers can be issued remotely to the Skylark mobile app ensuring that all workers complete the induction successfully before any work commences.

Gain insights about health and safety statistics

  • With user friendly analytics, reports on all operational, site worker and compliance activities are readily available at the touch of a button.

Stay compliant and ensure worker safety with Skylark!

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