Health & Safety Considerations for 2021 Wind Energy Operations
Now 2020 has drawn to a close, many offshore operations are preparing for 2021 and looking at ways to improve operations while reducing costs
A major part of this is maintaining the health and safety of offshore and remote employees. While not new, keeping employees healthy has taken on a new meaning given the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three essential factors should guide the decision on how to select a partner to provide medical support to maintain the health and safety of wind energy workers…
- The medical support company must have relevant experience and understand the various environments within the global onshore and offshore wind industry, for example, construction or operations and maintenance
- Ideally the company must embrace an integrated medical support model including consultancy, COVID-19 risk mitigation, offshore medics, medical supplies, 24/7 topside support and occupational health provision, is essential
- The quality of medical support provided is vital, for example robust clinical governance, comprehensive medical assessments for medics, Care Quality Commission registered laboratory for COVID-19 testing, and experienced paramedics and nurses
Wind turbine construction
Looking specifically at offshore wind turbine operations, one key challenge is a lack of space for a clinic. Even on a small vessel, there is usually a room for a medic to store supplies and treat patients; however offshore turbines typically don’t have any space available.
Instead, medics working on offshore turbine projects must carry everything they need, in many cases, in supply backpacks. This enables them to access all the turbines if there’s a need for medical services. Because this setup is very different from a typical workspace or hospital, medics must have the right experience to provide exceptional care. In addition, medics must meet minimum fitness requirements. Climbing up and down turbines can be exhausting. However, medics may need to scale the turbines to reach an injured person.
Finding a medical provider who understands the unique challenges of the wind energy industry is imperative so that medical staff are deployed completely prepared to succeed in each project location.
Business Development Manager
Remote Medical International