Wind Turbine Safety

Ensuring safety and compliance in the renewable energy sector.

The Challenge

The primary objective was to achieve compliance of the wind turbine to market legislation, industry standards, and also PUWER regulation requirements for the safety of operation and maintenance personnel. The comprehensive safety assessment aimed to enhance turbine safety and moreover maintain client reputation.

The approach - Wind Turbine OEM

Initial Evaluation

An in-depth evaluation of technical documentation, including design specifications, operational processes, and safety protocols was conducted. Extensive research into market legislation, industry standards, and regulations laid the groundwork for a precise safety and certification assessment.

On-Site Inspection and Safety Audit

To gain practical insights, a consultant visited the customers wind turbine at Denmark’s world-renowned national research and test site. The on-site inspection allowed for observation of wind turbine operations and maintenance/operator procedures, assessment of potential safety hazards, and also evaluation of the effectiveness of existing safety measures.

Thorough Risk Assessment

Employing a structured risk identification methodology, a comprehensive analysis of potential hazards associated with the wind turbine was conducted. The identified risks included:

  • Communication and operation control protocols between operators.
  • Limited access available to specific areas for maintenance.
  • High voltage electrical hazards during maintenance tasks.
  • High power magnets within the generator.
  • A need for safety signage and instructions.

Safety Standards Alignment

With precision, KnoxThomas meticulously compared the offshore wind turbine’s design, components, and safety features against relevant safety standards and regulations. These standards included those set forth by ISO, IEC, and specific regional directives, as well also PUWER regulation requirements for the safety of operation and maintenance personnel.

Tailored Safety Solutions

Supported by comprehensive assessment, a set of customised safety solution guidelines were delivered. These included:

  • Revisions to safeguard hazards presented by moving components/machinery.
  • Design enhancements to ensure safe turbine access and egress, such as improved handrails.
  • Clear safety instructions and signage for personnel.

Results and Benefits

Thanks to the meticulous safety assessment and collaboration, the wind turbine OEM achieved full compliance with market legislation, industry standards, and PUWER regulation requirements for the safety of operation and maintenance personnel. The partnership resulted in several key benefits:

01. Personnel Safety

The revised offshore wind turbine was equipped with enhanced safety features, reducing the risks faced by operation and maintenance personnel during operations.

02. Regulatory Compliance

By adhering to industry standards and PUWER regulation requirements a steadfast commitment to safety was demonstrated, mitigating potential legal issues, and also ensuring a smooth compliance process.

03. Market Reputation

With compliant turbines, the OEM was able to maintain its reputation as a safety-conscious and moreover reliable manufacturer in the renewable energy sector.

The outcome - WIND TURBINE OEM

Through this partnership, the wind turbine OEM ensured the safety and compliance of their offshore wind turbine, meeting stringent market legislation, industry standards, and also PUWER regulation requirements. By prioritizing personnel safety, implementing tailored safety solutions, and moreover ensuring regulatory compliance, the OEM retained its position as a respected leader in the renewable energy sector. The collaboration not only supported the company’s reputation but also fostered a safer and more sustainable future for offshore wind energy production.