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Six years without fatalities in offshore wind, lost workday injuries rise in 2019

G+, an organisation dedicated to health and safety performance in offshore wind, has released the 2019 statistics for the sector which show there were no accidents with fatal outcome last year, as well as the five years before that. However, lost workday injuries have risen in 2019, compared to the previous years and, especially, compared to 2018.

The members of G+ have reported a total 865 incidents in the last year, with 62 being lost workday injuries. The lost workday figure stood at 39 in 2018 and ranged from 41 to 49 in the four previous years. Safety statistics prior to 2019 reflect the number of incidents, not injuries, G+ noted. Still, the organisation pointed out that the figure for 2019 is “disappointing”.

“Whilst we continue on a general trend of improvement in our safety performance, 2019 does show an increase in the reported number of injuries, especially those relating to lost workdays. We are therefore disappointed with our 2019 incident data. Especially following the significant progress made the previous year”, said Tove Lunde, Chair of G+ and Head of Equinor’s Safety, Security and Sustainability department in the New Energy Solutions business unit.

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