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G+ issue Safe by Design workshop report on wind turbine service lifts

Released on 10/05/2017

The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+), has issued its latest "Safe by Design" workshop report, documenting the key recommendations and outcomes from a workshop held in September 2016, held in light of a fatal incident on an onshore wind turbine in Germany in 2015.

Facilitated by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the workshop was attended by a range of industry representatives with engineering and health, safety and environment backgrounds and presentations were given on the findings from Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) on service lifts at a G+ member site, together with learnings and potential improvements identified at operational offshore wind farms from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and service provider. In addition to these presentations there were separate breakout sessions where groups undertook a short design-led review based on the presentation topics before reporting back key discussion points and conclusions.

Frank Monaghan, Health and Safety Director, ScottishPower Renewables, and champion of the G+ Safe by Design workshop programme, said: 

“The Safe by Design workshops continue to be an important part of the offering given by the G+ to the offshore wind industry in order to demonstrate leadership on health and safety issues. By providing a forum for a range of industry stakeholders to focus on a key issue like service lifts issues we can make real improvements to performance in order to better protect our personnel when working on our sites.”

Access the G+ Safe by Design workshop report on WTG service lifts:

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  • The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) brings together the world’s largest renewable energy developers to form a group that places health and safety at the forefront of all offshore wind activity and developments. The G+ aims to create and deliver world class safety performance across all of its activities in the offshore wind industry. By working closely together, senior executives of all member companies will not only commit resources from their own respective teams, but will meet and actively lead the industry in finding solutions to the safety challenges that offshore wind projects face. The group intends to build upon the existing focus given to health and safety and deliver the necessary leadership and focus for the industry. The work of the G+ is funded by its founder members and its main activities will be to engage with stakeholders across Europe, share learning and identify best practices that will be commended to the entire industry. For more information, please visit

  • The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 23,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide. The EI provides learning and networking opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications. The EI’s purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure and sustainable energy system. A registered charity, the EI serves society with independence, professionalism and a wealth of expertise in energy matters. For more information, please visit

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