Sustainable solutions supports risk awareness training for offshore employees

DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has begun working with Siemens Gamesa’s Offshore business unit on training the organization of approximately 6,000 employees in developing greater risk awareness to improve safety. Having worked with DSS previously within their Onshore business unit, the company chose to work with DSS due to the strong competency and reputation in risk and safety management. The two companies have partnered to implement DuPont™ Risk Factor™ training across the organization, as well as group leadership coaching for 275 senior and middle management staff, and a number of Safety in Engineering Design workshops. As the work was designed to be delivered remotely leveraging digital technologies, the project is currently ongoing with no interruptions because of Covid-19.

Siemens Gamesa is the global market leader in offshore wind power industry, with employees and installations in all main and developing markets. The company’s activities encompass all aspects of the value chain, including innovation, development, manufacturing, installation, and service, to name a few. In both manufacturing, installation, and operation & maintenance, many of the employees work in small groups or on their own, strengthening awareness of risks critical to their safety.

The Siemens Gamesa LeadSafe project, as the activities are collectively known, kicked off with a pilot project at the end of 2019 after an initial assessment of the organization’s safety culture by DSS to customize training. The project involves most of the staff working at the company’s manufacturing sites, offices, pre-assembly locations and installation personnel, and will also encompass bespoke workshops for 200 engineers aimed at improving safety in the engineering process. Given the importance of protecting its people, Siemens Gamesa has decided to continue implementation of the project during the COVID-19 pandemic, with much of the work being delivered virtually. Additionally, markets in more advanced stages of economic recovery have been prioritized, such as China.

“Safety is our choice in Siemens Gamesa and we are proud to collaborate with DSS in providing our employees with tools to prevent incidents by managing risks. Our number one focus is always safety because we place safety above anything we do. We want to ensure that all employees have the right mindset about their decision-making every day. That is what LeadSafe is intended to help us in achieving,” says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

 The first management seminar has already taken place, focusing on the role leaders play in influencing and achieving a shift in culture. A large element of this is communication. As one participant said afterwards, “Culture changes one conversation at a time. You need to speak about safety to motivate people and give and ask for feedback.” In addition to the leadership seminars and coaching, DSS is supporting Siemens Gamesa Offshore by training a select number of employees to become internal trainers for the organization.

Cédric Parentelli, Managing Director Europe and North Africa of DSS, commented: “The key to first class safety performance is safe behaviour. Although technical measures can significantly reduce the number of accidents, they are not sufficient to eliminate them. That requires sensitizing people to risks and making them aware of the role that their decision making plays in incidents. With the new safety project, Siemens Gamesa Offshore is taking a significant step in this direction. As an additional clear sign of their commitment to Safety, Siemens Gamesa Offshore is currently defining the scope of work, aiming to extend the current safety project to the rest of the group business units: Onshore and Services, and is also introducing some transversal/corporate actions.”

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