The West Gate Tunnel Project in Melbourne is well underway, featuring various access points around the city’s west including a site on the Maribyrnong River in Footscray.
Construction personnel from the CPB/John Holland joint venture needed constant on-foot access over an historic man-made canal that juts from the river alongside Maribyrnong Street towards the west.
And including a bluestone retaining wall dating back to the colonial era, the surrounding banks are heritage listed, so the access system needed to span the 6m-wide waterway with minimal contact; and it needed to support itself with minimal underside bracing.
Find out what they did.Read More
Although it is not a safety regulator, the Clean Energy Council’s guidelines for solar panel installation highlights not only qualifications and best practices for installing a system but also best safety practices during installation – including for those who work at height. With this updated document, WorkSafe Victoria has deemed a harness to be PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) only, which sits at the bottom of the hierarchy of effective measures for protecting workers against injury.Read More
At an internal maintenance facility, BlueScope required maintenance access to rail cars, which was placed in a difficult position 6.5m away from an existing walkway, and 3.2m in an elevated position.
Further to this, the situation was made more complex due to the fact it could not be a fixed walkway; it needed to be able to be crane-lifted into position and moved via rollers to provide access to different rail cars along the length of the train.
BlueScope commissioned Sydney-based portable height access designer and fabricator SafeSmart Access for a design.Read More
Sydney Metro City and Southwest awarded John Holland CPB Ghella (JHCPBG) the contract to build the new 15.5 km twin tunnels from Chatswood to Sydenham. This includes the future Victoria Cross North Station on Miller Street in North Sydney. See how SafeSmart helped workers and heavy vehicles share the space.Read More
At the Skeleton Creek segment of Melbourne's Western Roads Upgrade Project in Truganina, civil contractor Winslow were experiencing a safety challenge for giving workers pedestrian access from one of side the creek to the other. The existing road bridge had no footpath and using the narrow road itself was perilous, with a constant flow of heavy haulage vehicles present. See what SafeSmart brought to the table.Read More