The global market leader in dropped object prevention technology Dropsafe will attend the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference in Amsterdam.
The company will be exhibiting at booth 10.017.
Hundreds of offshore energy companies will attend the event, taking place on 7-9 October.
Dropsafe will exhibit its full range of prevention systems for offshore energy firms, including the Dropsafe Net, Pouch and Barrier System.
Drops prevention standards increase and knowledge is transferred from traditional oil and gas sectors to new energy markets such as offshore wind.
Dropsafe has noted that the new G+ Reliable Securing Booklet for Offshore Wind defines an essential first step in sharing best practice.
The global health and safety organisation for the offshore wind industry G+ published the guidelines to provide safety recommendations for wind farm owners and operators who need to address the risks posed by dropped objects.
The G+ reliable securing guidelines recommend using dropped object prevention technology, including barrier systems, tethering nets and pouches, to mitigate the potential risks dropped objects pose.
The firm’s product development has actively shaped the understanding of best practice for reliable securing across numerous sectors. This is reflected by the G+ guidelines, providing solutions that in many cases directly correspond to Dropsafe’s product offering.
The securing guidelines relied on 2018 safety statistics that were released by G+ and demonstrate a 60% reduction in dropped object incidents on offshore wind farms in comparison to 2017.
This highlights an increasingly diligent response to the risks posed by dropped objects. However, the industry is only making the first steps in adopting best practice prevention systems.
Dropsafe noted that the G+ guidelines will address a longstanding gap in the safety within the industry. They will inform sector decision-makers about the specific dropped object risks when working on offshore wind development and operation and the prevention systems they should install.
The guidelines are based on the safety body DROPS recommendations. They rely on dropped object risk and prevention strategy in the offshore oil and gas industries.
Ranging from loose fixtures to dropped handheld tools and equipment, dropped objects pose a threat to the personnel safety, equipment integrity, financial performance and the offshore wind stakeholder reputation.
Dropsafe’s 2018 whitepaper The Neglected Hazard highlighted the importance of the offshore wind farms being able to demonstrate they are safe places to work at in order for the industry to maintain the fast growth rate.
Dropsafe commercial director Mike Rice said: “The G+ guidelines for the first time lay out a clear, practical pathway for offshore wind asset owners, regarding the precautions they should be taking against dropped objects.
“It is essential that these guidelines are adopted if asset owners are to keep their employees safe and operate their offshore wind farms cost-effectively.”
“As we have learnt from other offshore sectors, a good reputation is key for the continued expansion, and it is the responsibility of businesses throughout the offshore wind supply chain to ensure the sector maintains its positive image by demonstrating that it is a safe industry to work in.”
Dropsafe works directly with offshore wind asset and business owners to supply the technology necessary to address the dropped object risk.
Dropsafe also provides solutions for deployment in offshore wind. The company recently developed a custom net system for the Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan, helping the project stakeholders tackle the dropped object risks posed by extreme weather conditions.
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