Civil engineering company hits 500,000 hours without lost time incident on offshore wind project1st Jul 2022

A civil engineering company has reached 500,000 hours without recording a single lost time incident (LTI) as part of its work on the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is delivering the land-based infrastructure for the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, near Hull.

An LTI is an injury sustained by an employee that leads to a loss of productive work time, meaning they are unable to perform regular duties.

Providing advice and robust health and safety solutions to ensure that all employees are taken seriously whenever they raise a concern is key to avoiding an LTI and developing the right culture.

Steve Ollerhead, Jones Bros project health and safety manager, said: “We’ve developed a fantastic culture of openness across all levels, which means that if there is so much as a potential problem, we get to hear about it immediately and can put systems in place to keep everyone safe.

“Keeping a site team safe is a superb reward for all of the hard work that takes place.”

Jones Bros stood down from normal construction operations to celebrate the milestone with a BBQ on site followed by an early finish ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

James Lockwood, Jones Bros project manager, said: “It’s a wonderful achievement because safety on site is always of the highest importance.

“To have hit the milestone, one which not many projects reach, having had to battle with a global pandemic, is very pleasing.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone that has worked on the site for contributing to this by following our guidelines.

“I also want to express gratitude to Jones Bros and our clients’ health and safety teams for their continued support, without which this achievement would have been much more difficult.”

Jones Bros is currently installing high voltage power cabling on site, with more than 80 miles set to be used to connect the first two phases of the offshore wind farm to the national grid over a 20-mile route.

Onshore project manager for Dogger Bank A and B, Ollie Flattery, said: “Safety is at the very forefront of the construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and it’s great to see a principal contractor reaching this important milestone.

“We congratulate the Jones Bros team on keeping themselves, the wider team and our communities safe as they install this onshore infrastructure.”

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40 per cent), Equinor (40 per cent) and Eni Plenitude (20 per cent).