Eurosafe clinches wind power deal

One of Sheffield-based Eurosafe Solutions' staff carries out an inspection inside a wind turbine.
One of Sheffield-based Eurosafe Solutions' staff carries out an inspection inside a wind turbine.
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Fall protection specialist Eurosafe Solutions has secured a pioneering agreement with a wind turbine designer and manufacturer.

Sheffield-based Eurosafe will test and inspect fall protection systems on 40 wind turbines from Cornwall in the south to Aberdeenshire in the north and Humberside in the east to Merseyside in the west.

The company’s team will ensure anchor points, internal access ladders, fall protection systems and rescue equipment used by maintenance personnel meet British and European standards.

They will also check that the Dutch turbines’ internal goods hoists meet the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations – or LOLER regulations.

Eurosafe Solutions director John Boyle said: “Wind turbines are a growing part of our test and inspection service for fall protection systems.

“By their very nature turbines are installed in exposed locations and as a result the fall protection systems, particularly those installed external to the turbine, are exposed to a regular battering by the elements, making the need for a regular inspection programme all the more necessary.

“We are looking forward to further developing our work within the renewable sector.”

Eurosafe Solutions was founded by former quantity surveyor John Boyle and contracts manager Gavin Ellis in 2000.

The duo, who were both keen rock climbers in their spare time, saw that health and safety was becoming a major issue for firms with employees working at heights and decided to apply their climbing skills to the problem. Since then, Eurosafe has grown to become a major player in its field, working on prestigious projects around the world and establishing operations in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.