February 20, 2019

Global standards kept 74,000+ wind workers safe in 2018

Chairman Eloy Jauregui says "challenge just beginning" as GWO-trained workforce hits 74,000+ people worldwide

PRESS RELEASE Copenhagen – Wednesday 20th February 2019 – The worlds’ largest wind turbine manufacturers and owners today re-affirmed their commitment in globally recognized minimum safety training standards for workers across the world.

Global Wind Organisation (GWO), a non-profit owned by globally leading wind energy companies, has reported rapid rises in the numbers of people trained to its standards which align basic safety and technical training to a set of unified standards that are recognised around the world.

With 74,412 people holding a valid certificate by the end of 2018, an estimated 5-10% of the global workforce in wind energy is now trained to GWO standards.

Jauregui: "Our challenge is just beginning"

Eloy Jauregui, Director of Safety at Acciona Energia and Chairman of Global Wind Organisation, said:

“Having 5-10% of the workforce trained to GWO standard is an achievement. But our challenge is just beginning.

“We will increase our efforts to engage globally and collaboratively; promote the adoption of safety standards and control the enabling governance around them so we can strive towards our mission of creating an injury free working environment in wind energy.”

The GWO 2018 Annual Report can be downloaded here. Highlights include the following data:

Number of people with a valid GWO record

Date Total % Change

31.12.2017 44,394

31.12.2018 74,412 +65%

GWO Certified Training Sites

Date Total % Change

31.12.2017 220

31.12.2018 288        +31%

To download a copy of the GWO 2018 Annual Report, visit our statistics pages