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Friday, 19 October 2018 15:25

McConnell Dowell Wins at Worksafe Awards

We are pleased to announce that our Swanson Dock and inhouse engineering teams won the  “Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue” Award at the Worksafe Victoria Awards in Melbourne last night.

Faced with the challenge of rehabilitating a 45-year-old wharf structure back to prime operating condition, our team developed and built two mobile platforms allowing rehabilitation work to be executed more safely, efficiently and to a higher quality than traditional barge or scaffolding solutions would have allowed.  


The reusable platforms were designed to allow all the elements of the works to be undertaken from a single set-up, and included removable mid-level decks to provide safe access to the full fender depth and underside of the w"harf.

Underscoring the positive impacts of the initiative, the Project reported zero injuries for works undertaken on the platforms  and zero dropped debris incidents – a safety and environmental benefit.

The solution was the result of a highly collaborative and consultative process, facilitated by the Early Contractor Involvement procurement strategy used by our customer, the Port of Melbourne.

 In accepting the award Project Manager Chris Bier said…

“From workshopping options and concepts through to the design and procurement of the frames and subsequent installation and utilisation during the project, the team always followed the mantra “how can we make this safer?"…

I am proud to say that they rose to the challenge and found a solution that exceeded expectations.

McConnell Dowell values the safety and care of its people above everything else and we live by the motto Home Without Harm Everyone Everyday.

Ideas like this one help us achieve this most important goal.”


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