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Providing Wind Turbine Consultation, Training & Rescue Services

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ENERCON is one of the world’s leading companies in the wind energy industry and has been setting new standards in technological design since 1984. The company has installed more than 27,000 wind turbines, with their E-40 model being the most prevalent – as it features a pioneering gearbox-less design.

MRS Training & Rescue has provided wind industry health and safety training since 2012, from our specialist training facilities in Crossgates, Scotland. Our centre has an actual wind turbine – which is used during training courses to emulate real conditions and scenarios.

A wind turbine with two MRS Training & Rescue vans at the base

Approach

ENERCON’s HSE Manager, Simon Heesom, is a chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and has worked with MRS Training & Rescue for over 15 years. He joined ENERCON in 2020 and because of his experience of our technical knowledge in confined space and height work, he requested a site visit to one of ENERCON’s wind turbines in the North of Scotland. We initially provided help and advice in determining if the turbine and work involved was a confined space as categorised by the confined space regulations. 

The Planning Stage

Liam Parrish, one of our specialist wind turbine safety operatives, visited the site with Simon and identified what the work was, where it was taking place and the best way to approach it.

As this included ENERCON employees doing hot work (welding) inside the hub, we also discussed the appropriate training needed, which included managing confined space training and medium risk confined space training

It was also important to ENERCON that they hired professional, specialist rescue provision for when the works took place. So, as well as delivering the training, we provided a 3-person rescue team for the duration of the work on site.

When planning the rescue provision, we established that although the work was being done inside the hub, the hatch from the hub to the nacelle was not gas tight and so the entire area had to be classified as a confined space.

Planning and preparing the rescue provision for a wind turbine

What we did

To ensure our team could provide a fast rescue response if required, we set up a fresh air base three-quarters of the way up the turbine on an internal platform. There, our team had all our equipment and breathing apparatus on hand, so that we could respond quickly in the event of an emergency.

View from the rescue platform mid-way up a wind turbine

At the start of the 5-day rescue provision, we conducted a mock emergency rescue exercise to demonstrate our capabilities of getting a casualty from the hub to ground level swiftly and safely. We then provided top person/standby duties each day. This included opening the confined space hatch every morning, checking gas readings initially and throughout the day, setting up appropriate ventilation to extract any fumes from the turbine and managing the overall safety of the team working in the hub.

“I have complete confidence in the team at MRS Training & Rescue and know that whenever we work with them, I and my team are in safe hands. The quality of their training and service is second to none and they are truly experts in their field. I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone else needing health and safety advice in the industry.” Simon Heesom, HSE Manager, ENERCON.

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MRS Training & Rescue with the ENERCON team at the base of a wind turbine

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