As the global leader in offshore wind, Ørsted wanted to develop a new and immersive safety programme as a legacy of the Hornsea Two wind farm, which will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm when it is operational in 2022.
The Thrive programme developed by Ørsted and safety leadership specialists, ATT, bridges the gap between theoretical safety training and the reality of the offshore working environment. Using a creative approach combining interactive experiences, film, live action exercises and facilitated discussion, the programme’s hypothetical scenario examines the build-up to a fatal incident on a load-out operation and its consequences.
The training programme has been completed by construction and operations teams throughout Ørsted and their partners. The centre hopes to also encourage safety across the Humber region, being available for other companies to utilise.
Energy Institute Awards judge, Ashley Hynds, Technical Director at SafetyWSP UK Ltd, said: “ATT's Thrive programme with Ørsted is clearly outstanding, and a worthy winner of the Energy Institute’s 2021 Health & Safety Award. It won universal praise from the judging team. The scale and realistic nature of the events presented, and the commitment to the programme by Ørsted are impressive. Feedback from attendees confirms that it provides a really immersive and hard-hitting experience. The approach has the potential to be successfully applied across many other major hazard sectors. Well done to all at ATT for delivering such an impactful programme, and to Ørsted for having the vision to invest in safety in such an innovative way.”
Patrick Harnett, programme director for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two wind farm, said: “Constructing the world’s largest offshore wind farm 89km from the coast means that safety has to be at the heart of everything we do; it is an incredibly demanding and unforgiving environment. Our Thrive programme ensures that all Ørsted employees and contract partners working on the project understand the implications of safe and unsafe behaviour first hand in a safe yet real-world scenario. We’re so proud to have this fantastic recognition. The Thrive centre is not only a legacy for Hornsea Two, but a powerful example of innovation and excellence in the Humber’s rapidly developing renewables sector.”
Thrive received full marks from one EVCOM judge and received the following feedback from another: “This is an outstanding example of training excellence which is impactful, pedagogically sound, and highly memorable to the point of encouraging, maybe even securing, long-term behavioural change. It is also, now, a long-term asset for your client, and a benchmark against which all further training will be measured. While the investment must have been significant, the ROI is clear and long-lasting. Huge congratulations on an incredible event. An exciting and memorable submission.”
Adam Christopher, Co-Director of ATT, said: “We are delighted that Thrive has gained recognition from these prestigious award schemes so early in its lifespan. Thanks to Ørsted’s vision and investment, ATT has been able to design a ground-breaking safety leadership centre of excellence on the Humber. The centre is now available to any organisation in the renewables, maritime and related sectors who shares our belief that, when it comes to safety, only the best will do.”