QHSE in practice

An abstract of our projects

Planning and carrying out of offshore rescue exercises, including helicopter evacuation (see video at right)

Working on offshore wind farms requires special rescue training. For this reason, the employees of Deutsche Windtechnik regularly hold emergency exercises under conditions that are as realistic as possible. The video at right shows the evacuation of a helicopter on the offshore substation Butendiek.

Development of concepts for rescue from confined spaces (onshore)

Depending on the turbine type and manufacturer, there are significant differences in procedures for rescue from confined spaces in a wind turbine. For example, we recently developed a custom rescue concept together with the training specialist Offtec for the wind turbine type NEG Micon NM 750/48 for our customer innogy SE. A safety warning for attachment points would have required three service technicians to provide support instead of two. Our specially developed rescue concept solves this problem and allows continued support by a two-person team of technicians. Similar concepts have been developed for many other types of wind turbines.

Development of an offshore rescue concept for rescuing persons from the transition piece (TP)

Employees of Deutsche Windtechnik work on a range of offshore projects with different TPs and numerous rescue and first aid situations. Together with specialists from the field of rescue technology, we have developed a comprehensive system to rescue people from a TP and administer optimal first aid. Each one of our service teams works on different wind farms with this standardised system (including a rescue backpack) and regularly rehearses emergencies.

Development of an app-based Incident Reporting System

Together with our IT department, we have developed an app that allows our employees to quickly and effectively relay information about incidents to our QHSE department. This enables us to utilise the experience we gain from 'near misses' or unsafe conditions to proactively develop measures that will help prevent accidents in the future.

Support from QHSE during project acquisitions

The larger the project or the client is, the more demanding and specific the requirements for safety management systems, reporting and documentation are. Deutsche Windtechnik provides support as early as the tendering phase and advises project managers and operational employees, ranging from theoretical principles to practical applications, while keeping the client's requirements and specifications in mind. One example of this was our involvement in the project acquisition of Senvion turbines at the offshore wind farm alpha ventus. We provided support for the documentation and operational processes.

Refuelling concept for the commissioning phase

Wind turbines have to be supplied with power as soon as they are installed, even if they are not yet connected to the grid. For this purpose, we designed a refuelling concept for the offshore wind farm Nordergründe that fulfils the strict requirements laid out by TÜV Nord and the corresponding authorities. It ensures the basic power supply for the wind farm in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.

Hazardous materials database for the specific requirements of Deutsche Windtechnik

A wide range of legal regulations need to be taken into account at companies where activities involve hazardous materials. The services provided by Deutsche Windtechnik involve the use of such hazardous materials. For this reason, Deutsche Windtechnik and eska, a specialist for hazardous material management, have worked together to create a hazardous materials database that is tailored to fit the specific requirements of Deutsche Windtechnik. It provides a centrally managed, multi-language platform for all international locations, which is adapted to the needs of each country. The database can be used online as well as offline, and it provides employees with operating and handling instructions for the safe use of the corresponding materials.