Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO285: How to Influence Human Behavior in the Wind Industry

Mark Metzger, Safety, Performance and Leadership Coach, CAVU International


CAVU, in partnership with RelyOn Nutec, will explore critical aspects of safety and human performance within the wind energy industry. Parallels between the wind industry and other high-risk environments, such as military operations and aviation will be drawn. Three key principles for success in such environments are highlighted: 1. Leadership is Paramount: Strong leadership is essential for guiding teams through complex challenges and ensuring safety. 2. Sustained Excellence through Continuous Improvement: Teams must continually strive for improvement to maintain high-performance levels. 3. Impact of Critical Factors: Factors like effective communication, situational awareness, teamwork, and understanding of human factors significantly influence outcomes in high-risk environments. Key challenges identified include: * A shortage of experienced personnel * Lack of formal education and training programs * Difficulties in hiring skilled workers * The physically demanding nature of wind turbine maintenance * The need for technicians to work in small teams in remote locations The importance of human performance in the wind industry is emphasized, highlighting that human error is a significant contributor to incidents. CAVU defines human performance as "individual or group actions influenced by human and environmental factors." To address these challenges and enhance safety, a framework is proposed based on three pillars: 1. Leadership Fundamentals: Various leadership styles and traits are required for wind energy leaders, including communication, decision-making, and supportiveness. 2. Continuous Improvement: A four-step model (Prepare/Plan, Communicate, Act, Capture/Improve) for implementing continuous improvement practices in wind energy operations; the value of debriefs, lessons learned, and standardized processes. 3. Team Resource Management (TRM): Drawing from the aviation industry's Crew Resource Management concept, the importance of leadership, communication, decision-making, situational awareness, teamwork, and human factors in enhancing safety and performance is highlighted.

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