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EWE stresses safety first after diver death

GERMANY: Energy firm EWE has denied that pressure to keep to schedules played a role in the death of a diver working on the Riffgat offshore wind project on 13 July.

The 108MW Riffgat wind farm uses Siemens 3.6MW turbines
The 108MW Riffgat wind farm uses Siemens 3.6MW turbines

"Safety is the most important issue in construction work at Riffgat," EWE spokesman Christian Blömer told Windpower Monthly today.

"For construction work at sea there are working procedures and workflows that have been examined and validated several times, For diving work the rule is that no time pressure applies. It is the sad truth however that as with all major projects, despite such safety precautions, accidents can still happen," said Blömer.

Police investigations have concluded that no fault can be attributed to a third party for the fatality. The Aurich pulic prosecutors office and the police in Leer and Emden said in a joint statement on 18 July that it was a tragic work accident.

"The basis upon which all works are carried out are the working safety and overall safety concepts for Riffgat and applicable laws," said Blömer. Communication is not a problem. The offshore is international, communication at sea takes place without problem in English."

Asked whether EWE could make any recommendations in the light of the accident Blömer said: ‘The basic principle that has highest priority for us can’t be stressed strongly enough. Safety first."

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