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Glenconway Wind Farm

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2014 MCS runners upGlenconway Wind Farm
Presented to: Louise Friel and David Baskin
Contractor: Gael Force Renewables
Client: SSE Renewables

In a semi-remote rural environment off a busy B-road in County Londonderry, this project demanded the construction of roads and a number of bases for a wind-farm.

Daily free fruit, hot soup and sandwiches for all operatives confirmed this site’s dedication to a happy and well-fed workforce. This was supported by the development of interactive induction and subsequent training to ensure all the important messages had been understood and remembered. Methods included the use of scale models at induction to make the information easier to relate to, and spontaneous safety training to deliver realistic simulations in a safe environment.

A ‘green values engineering’ methodology was employed to reinforce the options for more environmentally-friendly working and membership of the Ulster Wildlife Trust lead to the sponsoring of schools and colleges ‘Eco Days’. A further initiative was the competition for suppliers to be named ‘The Most Considerate Supply Chain Company’. On site, environmental observation included extensive measures to preserve water quality, wildlife protection and training in falconry centred on local birds of prey.

Constant improvement was observed throughout all site activity, making this site a beacon of good practice within the industry.