Denmark are frontrunners within Renewables – including Wind, and the industry is booming globally. Our office in Esbjerg is uniquely placed to support some of the world’s biggest Wind Energy companies.
With expertise from Real Safety, anti-slip and non-metallic materials have been implemented to enhance safety and reduce weight. We ensure that slips, trips and falls on windfarms, both offshore and onshore, are minimised.
Through technology innovations and economies of scale, the global wind power market has nearly quadrupled in size over the past decade. (Ref.: BWEC Global Wind Report 2021). Wind power is a sustainable, renewable energy source, that has a much smaller impact on the environment than burning fossil fuels.
Safety is paramount within the wind industry. Several organisations promote and enhance this – including G+. It is the global health and safety organisation, bringing together the offshore wind industry to pursue shared goals and outcomes. It is run in partnership with the Energy Institute, which provides the secretariat and supports its work.
Case study: Anholt offshore windfarm
The Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, which was completed in 2013, is one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.
The client was looking for a long-lasting safety solution, to ensure surfaces were upgraded visually, but also to improve slip safety. They wanted a solution that was quick and easy to install onto existing surfaces
Service and maintenance are paramount on windfarms. Typically, it’s in the nacelle and hubs that most of the maintenance work takes place. A lot of technicians from different organisations do this work – often in very crammed conditions. Various types of steel material is used on floors and walkways. Therefore, the client was focused on improving the areas visually, but also from an anti-slip safety perspective. In nacelles, you often find traces of hydraulic oil. That, combined with a slight tilt of the surface, leads to a very unsafe work environment on steps and floors.
Working with the client to find the right solution, a combination of Real Safety’s anti-slip step covers with yellow nosing on the steps were installed in the nacelle. Anti-slip FRP plates were installed within the hub covering the accumulator package on each blade bearing. Finally, we secured ladders rungs in the tower section with our anti-slip ladder covers. The solutions were mounted onto existing surfaces – with a 10-year guarantee.
As always, we were focused on solving the clients’ issues and developed a solution that was completely customised to suit their needs – and has reduced slip & trip accidents to zero! The client now has slip safe steps covering the stairs inside the nacelle, and their technicians are able to move around safely without the risk of slipping and falling.
For more information about this case, see our case study on Anholt Offshore Windfarm.
Walkways – Stairs – Ladders – Dropped objects