Bradken was awarded a contract
to supply 200 new coal wagon
bodies and refurbish two different
types of bogies (400 all together)
for a large rollingstock manufacturer
in New South Wales, Australia.
Facing a project of this size and
scope, the small crew at
Mittagong (a team of about seven
workers led by Manufacturing
Manager Jon Baalam) set about
refitting one of the bays in the
workshop to manage the job in the
safest and most efficient way
possible.
Despite facing a limited timeframe
and budget the team went back to
basics producing a process map
to plan out the work flow of the
project and the various interactions
required for handling the bogies.
The process map was put together
following extensive consultation
with Bradken employees and
contractors. This feedback together
with the results of a full plant
Hazard assessment and ORA
(Observations Recommendations
Actions) highlighted a number of
safety related issues which were
addressed in the design of the refit.
These issues included:
• Ergonomic considerations
(heights of benches and stands)
• Placement of electrical, air and
gas supply lines
• Pedestrian access to the
workshop area
• Placement of work bays and
work stations
• Replacing the existing 2 tonne
and 5 tonne cranes
National Safety Manager Terry
McLaren said he was pleased with
the level of thought given to safe
work practices and employee
safety in this project.
“I was very impressed with the
level of consultation that went into
the development of the bays,”
Terry said.
“Not only was the facility
constructed in a short timeframe
with a very limited budget, but
every safety aspect in the overall
design and layout was thoroughly
examined. The team has
developed a facility that will
improve productivity while looking
after the safety of our employees.”
Access to work stations adjacent to rail and forklift
traffic areas.
Safe placement of supply lines.
Green painted walkways identify safe pedestrian access.
SAFETY
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globaleyes / edition 12
SAFETY BY DESIGN
In 2013 Bradken’s Rail Maintenance facility in Mittagong, NSW undertook
a project to improve safe working practices on the workshop floor to
facilitate a multi-million dollar refurbishment contract.
Ergonomic heights of work stands and benches.
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