Wind Energy Update: Regulatory Shifts in Offshore Wind Health and Safety Threaten to Impact on Future Farshore Projects

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Despite a record level of growth in offshore wind developments, concerns are increasing within the industry over the health and safety practises that will be followed in farshore, deepwater wind projects in 2011 and beyond.

The rapid development of offshore wind in Europe has raised some real concerns for ongoing worker safety. While having a generally good health and safety record, the offshore wind sector has still suffered a number of serious injuries and fatalities in the last few years. So while a health and safety strategy is always going to be difficult to establish in new industries, it is imperative to identify and address the current and future challenges now that are being presented by offshore wind development.

Developments in the industry have sought to address these issues, with select companies discussing where move forward in the space. There is no doubt that increased communication and collaboration between key individuals and companies throughout the industry is imperative to identifying and successfully addressing the essential strategies that will need to be employed.

However, it has been argued that a wider, less exclusive and more open forum is needed for all aspects of the wind industry to come forward to collaborate and share key knowledge in this crucial area for the future.

To address these challenges, Siemens Wind Power, RES Offshore, Statoil, Renewable UK, Vestas, GE Energy, IOSH and many more leading offshore wind industry players will be meeting at the European Offshore Wind Health and Safety Conference this June to identify, discuss and share key solutions to the challenges of future farshore wind projects.

The main focus of the event will be to establish essential strategies to safeguard your business and personnel in future farshore wind projects. Key issues being addressed include comprehensive, low impact risk management procedures, a debate into the challenges of HSE standardisation in the offshore wind industry, and unique insight into one of the few prosecutions resulting from an offshore wind turbine injury.

This will be an industry first event with unrivalled opportunities for meeting with executive level decision makers. Benefit from 16+ hours of networking, and take advantage of our unique meeting planner to ensure you forge the connections vital to safeguarding the future of your business.

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