A Crane Incident - Jammed Load – The Dark Side of Dual Controls

Crane Incident - Jammed Load The incident occurred on a large construction site in the Pilbara – we were one of several contractors doing the mechanical and structural package of works. The task was to lift, position and attach minor…

Pipeline Commissioning - Foreign Bodies

Pipeline Maintenance and Commissioning A 150 mm potable water pipeline had sprung a leak and required a section to be taken out and replaced with a new section using victaulic clamps to join both ends to the existing pipe. The repair task…

iSOL8 - A digital "Tap & Go" Paperless Lock Out Tag Out Process

Plant Isolation iSOL8 is a Hazardous Energy Isolation Process containing several features There are no paper forms to be signed and carried to the job iSOL8 isolation actions are captured in a time history record for immediate display…
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Plant Isolation - iSOL8 - A Digital Lock Out Tag Out Process

  Electronic LOTO Isolation Process iSOL8™ (Standard Patent Granted - IP Australia September 2017 ) is an integrated electronic LOTO isolation system comprised of a database, web application, mobile app, lockbox integration and a set…

Plant Isolation Systems - Lock Out Tag Out

LOTO - Plant and Equipment Isolation Hazardous Energy Plant Isolation Systems (LOTO - Lock Out and Tag Out) must be effective and efficient to protect employees when working on energised plant and equipment. Tasks on complex plant may…

Crane Accident - Contact with 11KV power line

Introduction The crane contractor was requested to come to the construction site to dismantle and transport  their 4600 and 4100 Manitowoc cranes offsite. Three personnel came to site – A leading hand, crane driver and fitter. The…

A Dropped Mancage – Crane Accident

Description The Mancage attached to a 50 tonne crane free fell about 10 metres until the crane driver applied the winch brake to arrest the fall. Two employees were in the mancage at the time and suffered significant injuries. They…

Lessons Learnt and Applied - A 25 year career journey

Lessons Learnt I gave a “Lessons Learnt & Applied ” presentation to two organisations covering the past 25 years of my OHS and engineering career spanning mining, construction, consulting and becoming an inventor. The presentation…

Occupational Health and Safety Audits - Are they value for money?

OHS Audits I have referenced an article written by Peter Rogers titled "Is it time to stop internal auditing" Quote "To me, most internal and external audits are very poorly done.  A quality control wonk or supervisor asks closed…

Industry Mentor-WA High School Students - JUST START IT Program

Industry Mentor - Giving back as a Professional Engineer I am proud to be an industry mentor to support Western Australian High School students and teachers for the JUST START IT educational program at North Lake Senior Campus and Canning…

Gold Recovery - Hands On Experience and Understanding Wins Every Time

Gold Recovery I dedicate this true story to a close friend and professional associate – who coined the term “Three men and a wheel barrow”. I was working as the OHS / Business Improvement Manager at large low grade gold-mining operation…

Look before you leap - Tourists Jumping off a Cliff

Jumping off a cliff I took this digital photograph which shows two tourists jumping of the edge of a cliff  and into the water below. At the time I was the safety advisor at the West Angelas project working for the main structural/mechanical…