WTE’s priority is safety
Notwithstanding the high risk nature of this industry, the wind sector has an excellent safety record. WTE is fully committed to playing its part in maintaining these high standards and places the health & welfare of our staff above any other consideration. Unlike conventional installation, major operations carry a significantly higher risk profile; all static lifting occurs at height, in the nacelle, so there is no room for error. WTE employs robust operating procedures and detailed risk analysis to reduce the risk to acceptable levels and this has served us well.
“Putting Safety First”
The management in Wind Turbine Engineering Ltd recognise the high-risk nature of the works our staff are involved in on a daily basis; our primary concern is, therefore, the health, safety and wellbeing of our frontline staff.
Our personnel are encouraged to participate fully in toolbox talks and to report any safety observations that may affect themselves or their colleagues; near miss reporting is an important measure in this respect and, for this reason, we are implementing a new campaign called “Putting safety First”.
A key part of the campaign is acknowledging those staff members who actively report near misses and other general safety observations; at the end of each month, one employee will be presented with a voucher in recognition of his/her input and feedback to this initiative.
“Putting Safety First” – our first winner November 2020
Our first recipient is Niall Magnier. Niall is seen here having been presented with a voucher to recognise his past and continued efforts in championing safety on site and improving our safety culture – Well done!!
Experienced professionals and excellent equipment
Our strongest control measure is our personnel; we employ experienced professionals who are familiar with complex component exchanges across a range of turbine makes and models. This is well recognised across the wind sector and accounts for our broad client portfolio. Our staff receive wide ranging training from GWO to Crane Supervision, slinger/signaler, MEWP & telehandler and SSSTS training for our Lead Technicians
Full-time safety professional
For the last number of months WTE has engaged in a ‘Cultural transformation Process’ to reinforce and entwine the commitments of the directors with our staff; to this end we have recruited an experienced, full-time safety professional Jason Nolan to add impetus to the process. Jason took up his post on the 5th of February and he is pictured here [centre] with, from left, Yvonne Malone, Oisin Kelly, Michael O’Grady [H&S consultant] and Declan Corrigan.
Staff in the new workwear at Rathangan headquarters
One of the key findings in our Cultural transformation & consultation meeting with frontline staff, on the 4th October 2019, centred on staff concerns over quality of workwear. In response to this, WTE rolled out a full, new range of high-quality work-wear, as part of a feedback meeting on the 17th of February 2020. At this meeting the directors renewed their commitment to placing staff welfare at the highest level within our core guiding beliefs.