April Newsletter 2021

April Newsletter 2021

Here’s the latest from the Plant Assessor new desk: Enjoy.

$350,000 fine issued following worker’s double leg amputation

Matt Turner  |  Founder/Director

A South Australian hay processing and exporting company has been convicted and fined following a workplace incident in 2017 that saw a worker’s legs amputated below the knee in a hay press. 

Read on

The complete guide to dry hire vs wet hire equipment
Skid Steer Loader driver

Paul Dean  |  Managing Director

You need machinery for your next project. With options for both dry hire and wet hire, which option is best and what is the difference between dry and wet hire anyway?


Welcome to the team!

Arron Moretti – Professional Services Consultant

Aaron was born in Penrith but moved to Newcastle in the year 2000 where he went to school graduating from Warners Bay High. With the wind in his hair, he started instructing sailing at age 12 down at the Belmont 16 footers. He did a spell in retail and most recently before starting with Plant Assessor has been working as a roof plumber. 

A family man Aaron and his girlfriend have two young boys and two dogs, a staffy and a cattle dog. 

He likes to spend his downtime relaxing with the family, walking the dogs on the beach and watching the great winter game rugby league.

Jack Howton – Professional Services Consultant

Jack grew up in Monkerai, near Dungog. He holds a Cert III in Mobile Plant Technologies, and completed an apprenticeship with Komatsu. He worked as a Plant Mechanic with Orange Hire in Sydney, and was relocated to the Newcastle branch and promoted to Workshop Foreman.

Next, his ambition took him to London, and a position with Flannery Plant Hire in Wembley – the largest plant hire firm in the UK, with over 3,000 machines in the London depot alone. He worked as a service assistant taking calls for breakdowns and organising workshop and on-road mechanics. 

He had ideas to travel around the UK, but COVID threw a spanner in the works. After spending most of his time locked down with his British wife in West London, they decided to make the move back to Newcastle in January 2021.

Outside of work, Jack loves music – mainly classic rock, punk and hardcore – and photography. He’s got a great circle of family and friends, and you’ll find him spending his down time with them.

Safety News

QLD – Operator killed by reversing telehandler
A worker on a private property was fatally injured when a telehandler ran over him. Early investigations show the telehandler was loading a crop-dusting plane with fertiliser at a private airstrip on the property when the operator reversed it over a worker.
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QLD – Forklift operator seriously injured by falling pallet
A warehouse facility worker was seriously injured when several pallets fell onto the forklift he was operating.
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VIC – $60,000 in fines after worker trapped under hoist
A Campbellfield manufacturer and its director have been convicted and fined a combined $60,000 after a worker was injured by a robotic hoist.
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NT – Dangers of unguarded machinery and plant
The purpose of this Safety Alert is to highlight the risk of serious or fatal injuries when working on or near unguarded machinery. A Territory cattle station worker failed to return after checking bores on the property. The worker was later found entangled in a bore pump with fatal injuries.
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