August Newsletter 2020

August Newsletter 2020

Here’s some cool stuff we’ve written in July. Enjoy.

More preventable machinery deaths

Matt Turner | Managing Director

Here at Plant Assessor, we have dedicated our lives to helping people get machinery safety right. It makes us despair when we see any machinery related injury occur, let alone a fatality.
In the last month or so, we have seen a plethora of incidents and new related to fatalities involving machinery.

Here is a summary of the incident and how it could have been prevented by following the risk assessment and control process…

Read on

The next phase of growth for Plant Assessor

Paul Dean | Founder/Director

There have been a few questions about emergency stops of late. As always such enquiry prompts the Plant Assessor Intellectual Property department to review the current situation. Whilst we have been providing the appropriate information from Australian Standard 4024:1604 Safety of Machinery – Design of Controls, Interlocks and Guarding – Emergency Stop there is an opportunity to improve the information provided.

There are two important components to the installation of emergency stops on machines:

    1. Compliance with the physical attributes of the emergency stop as prescribed by the Australian standard i.e. colour, location, marking, actuation, resetting
    2. The resulting effect on the machine post actuation i.e. What happens once the emergency stop is actuated, e.g. does the engine stop, does only part of the machine become isolated, how long does it take for danger to be removed etc

Full steam ahead

With unprecedented growth comes expansion and we’re incredibly excited to welcome three new members to the Plant Assessor team.

Michelle Grady – Business Development Executive 

Michelle was born in Manly on the Northern Beaches. At 21 she travelled overseas to the US and Europe, living and working in the UK for five years. Michelle attended Stella Maris College and studied Marketing at Macquarie University as a mature aged student.  Michelle has over 25 years experience in B2B sales, marketing, media, events & exhibitions.

Michelle started her work life in the Film Industry, working for Village Roadshow. She then travelled overseas, working as an Account Manager with Advertising Agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather based in London. On return to Australia, Michelle worked in Publishing at Horwitz Publications and then in Marketing at Reed Business Information, later to head sales in Architecture, Building, Construction, Mining & Rental before becoming an Associate Publisher then Publisher.

After ten years with Reed, Michelle went on to work as a Contract Publisher, Marketing, Advertising, Sales and Events with Edge Custom Media and the HRIA, EWPA Associations.  She then made a move to work in sales in the Construction industry with Komatsu Rental in  Newcastle. Her last gig before joining Plant Assessor was with Komatsu as the Major Accounts Manager (Civil & Mining) selling new and used equipment.

Michelle recently moved to Nelson Bay, where she spends weekends either riding the Harley with her partner Sean or out on the boat fishing. She also thoroughly enjoys spending time with her daughter Saskia, family and friends.



Taylah Messenger – Customer Support Representative

Taylah was born in Newcastle and attended the Hunter School of the Performing Arts for hip hop and contemporary dance until year eight when she moved to Mudgee. After finishing year 12, Taylah moved to Brisbane where she worked at Betts shoes by day and The METT club at night. She then sold all of her belongings and went backpacking through Europe with her best friend. 

She moved back to Newcastle three years ago and started working between Priceline Pharmacy, King Street Hotel and the Cambridge Hotel. Taylah comes to Plant Assessor with a wealth of knowledge gained from her previous employment at Pegasus, where she worked for three years in the Construction and Rail department.

Taylah has a two-year-old groodle named Ollie and Pre COVID loved spending her weekends out dancing with her girlfriends or at home relaxing and enjoying a glass of red with her partner Max.



Rhys Graham – Customer Support Representative

Rhys was born in Dubbo and grew up in Newcastle where he attended Primary School at Plattsburg Public and then travelled through the Callaghan School System where he was appointed the year 12 School Captain at the Wallsend Campus. 

Rhys enjoys his cricket and is part of local Newcastle competition playing competitively for a number of years. Recently he took up a placement at Newcastle Uni studying a Bachelor of Information Technology, with a major in Business Technology. This gives Rhys a great foundation to build into Plant Assessor’s business operations.

Rhys got his start in the fast-food industry when he was 16, where he worked for the better part of 5 years, developing essential skills for the workplace. 

Rhys spends some of his time gaming competitively or exploring new places in the city to have a drink with friends. One day Rhys would like to travel around Europe and tick a few things off his bucket list.


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