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GLOBALEYES / EDITION 3
REGIONAL OVERVIEW
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SURVIVING
CYCLONE
YASI
+ Dissipated 3 February 2011
+ Lowest pressure:
929 mbar (hPa;
27.43 inHg)
+ Areas affected:
Solomon Islands,
Vanuatu,
Papua New Guinea,
Queensland,
South Australia,
New South Wales,
Northern Territory
and Victoria
Lessons learned from the
devastation of Cyclone Larry
in 2006 stood the staff of
Bradken’s Innisfail facility in
good stead in February as
they bunkered down in the
office and braced themselves
for the full force of Mother
Nature’s fury.
Cyclone Yasi was a tropical
cyclone that reached northern
Queensland, Australia, in the
early hours of 3 February 2011.
Yasi originated from a tropical
low near Fiji. The system
intensified to a Category 3
cyclone at about 5pm AEST
on 31 January 2011. Late
on 1 February the cyclone
strengthened to a Category
4 system, then early on
2 February, the cyclone
intensified to a Category
5 system.
Manufacturing Manager
Ron Donges said only minor
damage was sustained to the
warehouse building and some
outer fascias on the workshops
in the ferocious storm.
“We activated our emergency
response measures late on
Monday and completed them
by noon on Tuesday,” Ron said.
“We had learned many lessons
from Cyclone Larry in 2006
and these had a really positive
impact on the amount of
damage we received this time.”
Ron said he had evacuated
his home at Mission Beach
on 31 January and bunkered
down in the office with the
rest of the staff.
“We experienced wind gusts
of up to 285km per hour –
in my 33 years with Bradken,
this was my most challenging
moment, and I’m more than
happy not to repeat it,” he said.
“My sincere thanks to all my
team for their excellent work
and input. I’d also like to
thank everyone who sent
us messages of support.”
Thanks to the Innisfail team’s
quick response and
commitment to implementing
safety measures, the Bradken
facility incurred minimal facility
damage and most importantly,
no personal injuries. Many
other businesses in the area
could not say the same.
“This is an
excellent
example
of risk
management
and process
implementation
and putting
the 21Step
Safety Plan
into effect.”
Congratulations Innisfail!
+ Damage:
$3 billion (2011 AUD)
(full total likely higher)
+ Formed
26 January 2011
+ Highest winds:
10-minute sustained:
205km/h (125mph)
1-minute sustained:
250km/h (155mph)
Gusts:
285km/h (180mph)