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A2SEA nominated for international Health & Safety Award

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Once again, A2SEA has been nominated for its efforts within Health & Safety. The “Work wise, think twice” campaign targeting injuries on the musculoskeletal system has been nominated for the “2017 Renewable Energy Health & Safety Award”. The winner will be announced on 23 January 2017.

A2SEA launched the campaign in the spring of 2016 to limit the injuries on the musculoskeletal system. An analysis of A2SEA’s occupational injuries and absence due to illness revealed a need to focus on reducing strenuous working postures, heavy lifts, etc. which may lead to physical degeneration among the employees.

Musculoskeletal injuries are an ever-present hazard in the offshore wind installation business. They’re defined as injuries that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels and so on). And, while many have an obvious and immediate cause, such as a back injury caused by lifting a heavy object on an awkward angle, others may be ‘occupational illnesses’ – damages that creep up on a worker over many years. In any case, this is a serious issue that can have permanent and devastating consequences at both professional and personal levels.

During the spring and early summer, Kristina Pind Løvgren, HSE Manager Compliance at A2SEA visited the vessels together with a representative from Arbejdsmiljøeksperten (occupational health and safety experts). The seamen were trained in ergonomics, rules and recommendations on how to design the workplace and on how to best apply technical aids. However, it was not all theory. After the lessons, the employees trained in transforming the theoretical knowledge acquired into actual solutions in their own work stations and tasks through inspection rounds on the vessel and test of solutions.

In late autumn, results of the efforts were already showing. “Having been nominated is yet another positive thing in this focus on making the working environment and safety culture even stronger in A2SEA. In January, we will know whether we are a finalist, like last year, and we hope to be able to ask everyone in our network to vote for our efforts in improving safety in A2SEA,” says Kirsten Bank Christensen, Vice President at A2SEA.

How to vote
Voting will take place in mid January. More information on how to vote will follow. Read more about the award here.