Last June 9th at the facilities of the Port of Avilés WINDAR we have put into practice the protocol that we have designed for the rescue and evacuation of workers injured in a TP.
For WINDAR, the Safety and Health of all its people is a priority goal when carrying out its activities and operations. We have committed ourselves within our Sustainability strategy to integrate all the necessary measures that align our efforts with SDG 3 “Ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all people”, of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Organization and planning
Our Department of Occupational Health and Safety has designed the implementation of this drill together with the staff of our client Iberdrola, as well as with our main collaborator in terms of training, the Asturian Institute of Engineering. Likewise, in order to supervise the effectiveness of our Rescue Protocol and the measures we design, we have the presence of an observer specifically sent by Iberdrola from its headquarters in Germany at the Port of Avilés facilities.
During the planning and execution process of this drill we had the presence of more than 60 people involved in it, including both our own staff and that of the subcontractors participating in the assembly of the Baltic project structures. Among them, Boslan, Serasme, Tadarsa Logistics, Taluan and Indasa.
The planning of this practical drill has included the general evacuation of the office building of the Port of Avilés, as well as the entire area destined for the assembly of the TPs. During this evacuation process, we have simulated an accident suffered by one of our workers on the upper interior platform of one of the evacuated TPs, who was carrying out work at more than 15 meters high.
Investment in top-level safety equipment
In addition to putting the drill into practice, the final objective has been to test both the necessary and acquired safety equipment, as well as the competence of all the personnel who have participated in the development of this project. In this sense, we have made a significant investment in the most innovative rescue and evacuation equipment on the market.
These teams include, among other elements,
a first-aid kit backpack,
an evacuation stretcher with the possibility of moving the injured person in both vertical and horizontal hoisting positions,
an immobilizing vest for the extraction of injured by trauma with possible spinal cord injuries,
a backpack “PETZL” rescue equipment equipped with ropes, and other height rescue equipment,
a Derope Up kit (Tractel brand), which allows both lowering and controlled lifting of an injured person in complete safety, and
a Tractel rescue pole with MGO XL hook for remote carabining of an injured party or mounting of a temporary anchor point for rescue maneuvers.
WINDAR thus becomes one of the few companies in Spain that has professional and specific material for carrying out rescues at height.
AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE
The rescue and evacuation protocol has been designed Ad-Hoc for Iberdrola’s Baltic Project in Germany, perfectly fitting to the current reality environment and is completely valid to ensure a “clean” evacuation in record time of an injured worker on the upper interior platform of the TP.
We have also had in its practical execution a technical team of specific professionals, educated and trained in the management of rescue teams at height, as a complement to the training they already had in first aid and firefighting. Thanks to the training that our team has received in terms of work at height, first aid and rescue at height, we can guarantee your safety and that of the people injured during the maneuvers.
An enriching experience for the entire team of professionals who participated in the drill, as well as for the Iberdrola staff and all the subcontractors whom we thank for their collaboration.