Call for ‘urgent action’ to ensure safety keeps pace in UK renewables sector

21/07/2021 13:35
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Urgent action is needed to ensure that safety in the UK’s renewable energy and carbon capture sectors keeps pace in order to avert a major safety incident, according to a new survey.

Some 63% of managers in the oil, gas and renewables sectors who responded to the poll said they were concerned about a major incident occurring in the next five years at their company.

The survey was commissioned by Draeger Marine and Offshore and carried out in February and March 2021 by Insight Avenue, an independent research consultancy based in Windsor.

It was conducted via an online survey of 1,033 people, comprising 751 employees and 282 line managers in UK businesses with 50 or more staff members.

The research assessed the impact of Covid-19, Brexit and workplace culture on health and safety in UK workplaces and warns of growing concerns regarding safety within the UK’s rapidly expanding renewables sector.

Most respondents said safety had already been adversely impacted by Covid-19, with 66% of managers reporting that safety training or investment within their organisation had been cancelled or delayed due to the pandemic.

Draeger Marine and Offshore warned that while renewable energy and carbon capture are often perceived as being green, clean and safe, the risks are frequently overlooked, and are often not dissimilar to those seen in the oil and gas industry.

The company called for industry and government to take swift action to raise safety standards.

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