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Jo Bird cabinets adopted by Siemens-Gamesa to enhance wind turbine safety

Wind farm developers face the challenge of ever taller wind turbines and the safety issues involved but at the same time trying to drive down costs. It’s a difficult balance to get right but Orsted are leading the way in making this happen.
Viking Life-saving have just announced their latest developments in safety equipment for offshore wind technicians. They are already using the JB29 cabinets to store essential lifesaving, including descent devices, on the nacelle heli-hoist platform but have now gone a step further by fitting chests inside the nacelles themselves. Unlike the JB29s which will be exposed to the elements such as 100 mph winds, UV and heavy rain and so are securely fastened to the heli-hoist platform, the SOS506 chests can simply drop into the spaces inside the nacelle between the outer wall and the rail.
Each chest can store 6 complete sets of safety equipment comprising the Viking HighTide immersion suit and Skylotec MILAN descent device so there are options to escape out of the base of the nacelle or over the top rail.
 The SOS506 has already provided years of reliable service on ships around the world and has an excellent IP rating of X5. Despite this, it is far cheaper than the custom made JB29s. Horses for courses as they say or perhaps fit for purpose as the only horses you might see near an offshore turbine are likely to be white ones.
This is another great example of close cooperation between Viking Life-saving, wind turbine design engineers and Jo Bird who have all worked together to come up with comprehensive safety solutions for offshore wind turbines. These not only provide rapid means of escape but also excellent levels of protection and a very long service life which also helps to keep costs down.

Exhibitor: Viking Life-Saving Equipment
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