This article was published on offshorewind.biz
One of SSI Energy’s HSE Offshore Medics, who are often trained technicians working as part of a maintenance team, is now permanently based on the Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, supporting the works on the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK.
According to SSI Energy’s Managing Director Duncan Higham, this is the first time the company has placed someone on a wind farm development off East Anglia. “This is particularly exciting for us as it’s one of the fastest-growing wind farm regions in the world and it shows that developers and companies in their supply chain are taking the welfare of employees very seriously,” Higham said.
The HSE Offshore Medic technician currently working aboard the Bibby Wavemaster 1 is former SAS Captain, Chris Hayle, who sees an average of one person a day for ailments like strains, sea sickness and general health issues. Hayle’s in-depth training means he can prescribe stronger pain relief and other treatments that first aiders cannot offer, to enable technicians to get back to work sooner. Offshore Medics, who have to be paramedics, military combat medics or nurses before going on the HSE Offshore Medic course, train for four years.