First HSE prosecution for an offshore renewables sector accident

6 October 2015

The first prosecution following an accident in the UK offshore renewables sector occurred in September. The event was at a North Wales windfarm in November 2014, when a worker was crushed by the blade mechanism while carrying out routine maintenance within the turbine nacelle. The duty holder was fined £60K plus costs.

There was another successful prosecution this month, resulting from a lifting accident at Harwich docks in May 2010. One person was killed and another very seriously injured when a wind turbine component fell as it was being loaded onto a sea-going barge. The duty holder was fined £375K plus £105K costs and their contractor £275K plus £271K costs.

Both cases are examples of HSE’s policy to provide workers at all UK locations with the same legal protection.

At the time of writing neither case appears in the list of HSE prosecutions. More detail of the 2014 event is available in the latest CE’s report to the Board, and for the second case in HSE News.