Ørsted launches immersive safety programme

Louise Smyth

In a first for the Humber region, leading renewable energy company Ørsted has opened its immersive safety training programme called Thrive.

Having committed £1.4 million funding to create the purpose-built facility in partnership with training specialist Active Training Team (ATT), Ørsted recently unveiled its pioneering new project, sited at the MODAL Training Centre in Immingham.

Ørsted will initially be inducting all personnel working on the new Hornsea Two offshore wind farm project starting from this autumn, before roll-out continues to other colleagues.

The one-day interactive, multi-media programme is designed to transform behaviours and attitudes to safety. Thrive includes a hard-hitting multi-media scenario which examines the build-up to a fatal incident on a load-out operation and its consequences.

With high-quality production values and industry-leading technology, the programme will deliver a powerful immersive experience and has also brought over 60 new jobs and contracts to the area.

As well as production crew, the actors and construction personnel were all hired from the region to support the project.

Jason Ledden, Ørsted Senior Construction Project Manager for Hornsea Two and the Project manager for the Thrive facility development comments: “Safety is a core value and as such, it has been extremely difficult to postpone the roll out of this pivotal training. We’ve reduced numbers and introduced safety measures to ensure that our programme is fully compliant with government guidelines under these difficult circumstances.

“We hope that other industries across the Humber will utilise this new exciting resource which aims to bring about behavioural changes in attitudes towards safety.”

Thrive is designed as a legacy project for the wind farm, enabling other companies and sectors to put their people through the programme.

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