Since 1996 the UK Wind Industry has experienced rapid growth, and it looks set to continue this way. With the depletion of fossil fuels and a much greater demand for energy worldwide, there has been a renewed focus on wind energy as it offers a perfect alternative to traditional fuel sources. This focus on finding alternatives has even prompted the UK Government to set a target of 15% of our energy to come from a renewable source by 2020.
It is safe to say then, that wind energy is in demand, and this of course means that those who manufacture and engineer turbine technology will be seeking better ways to work, particularly when it comes to safety.
Historically, working on/with wind turbines always been largely safe. The wind energy industry has only experienced 14 worker fatalities worldwide since the 1970’s, all either directly or indirectly during wind farm construction or related accidents. This record however does not assure that accidents will not happen. As wind turbine technology continues to change and as demand rises, worker safety is paramount to implementing its success.
To find those who are creating better methods and changing wind turbine worker safety, you don’t have to look far. Limpet Technologies, a Scottish engineering and R&D company, are dedicated on “pioneering total height safety” and have been developing products which have been improving worker safety on wind turbines since 2009.
Working alongside the industry’s major OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers), energy utilities and technical service specialists, Limpet Technologies worker safety products have been developed to help reduce operations and maintenance costs, as well help to increase the availability of wind turbines thanks to their safety systems.
Through their research and development, they now supply a wide range of height safety products which are perfectly suited for working on wind turbines. Features such as their climb assist help workers safely ascend/descend quickly and safely, as well as help to prevent falls.
Having this new technology available is essential in helping the industries leading companies find a better solution to increase productivity of their workers, while at the same time improving on health and safety.
When working with wind turbines, as with any heavy engineering work, there is an occupational hazard during manufacturing and construction. As the demand increases for renewable energy, it is important that the industry takes advantage of improved safety technology like the products Limpet are developing.
At SEA we are committed to providing our members with the best opportunities to experience the latest innovations and information around our industry first hand. On 25th August, we will be offering our members the chance to join us on a visit to Limpet Technologies. If wind turbine safety interests you or your organisation, come along and find out a bit more about Limpet and their unique designs built in Scotland.