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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Industry News
Conexpo Las Vegas 2017

PA news
Coming Soon; PA Free, Top Tips…

Technical Updates
New Types added

PA Team News
Four New Family Members…

What’s in the News
Hot Topics in Plant Safety

New Clients
Who’s joined us recently


Industry News
Are you going to Conexpo in Las Vegas? Come and have a drink on us!!

 

Conexpo-Con/Aag is the largest Construction and Agricultural machinery expo in North America, and it runs from 7-11 March 2017.

 

This year, the Civil Contractors Federation is also running a Technology Symposium in conjunction with The American General Contractors annual conference in Las Vegas from 7-10 March.

 

 

Plant Assessor is sending three representatives to attend the CCF/AGC conferences and visit Conexpo – Paul Dean, Geoff Reardon and Matt Turner.

 

Like Bauma in Germany, Conexpo is only held every three years. Every major construction industry is represented including earthmoving, cranes, mining, utilities, asphalt, quarry, concrete, materials handling and more.

 

There will be over 2,500 exhibitors across 235,000 square metres – roughly the size of 1000 tennis courts. There is a big focus on education at this event and there will be over 150 education sessions. They expect almost 130,000 visitors from 160 different countries to attend.

 

We are making the trip for several reasons.

 

Matt has been invited to sit on a discussion panel at the CCF Symposium relating to the use and impact of technology on construction.

 

We are keen to investigate safety related innovations that OEMS are incorporating into their new machines and learn more about what other safety-centric businesses are doing around machine management and safety monitoring systems.

 

On the back of some interesting discussions we had at Bauma last year, we are also keen to progress some international opportunities for Plant Assessor and will be meeting up with contacts from around the world during our week in Las Vegas.

 

We’d love to catch up with anyone who is heading to Conexpo, hence we will be holding an event on the evening of Friday 10 March. Let us know if you are coming (click the button above) and we’ll let you know what is planned.


Plant Assessor News
Watch this space.. free access to digital pre-start checks coming soon

 

The uptake of Plant Assessor over the past few years has increased exponentially, especially amongst larger organisations who tend to be businesses that own and manage a larger fleet and work on multiple projects across various locations at any one time.

 

Larger fleets, bigger projects, multiple sites and a growing list of sub-contractors create challenges around managing safety and compliance. Driven by requests from our clients, and an overwhelming desire to make machinery safety easier, we have developed a whole suite of functions designed to make managing contracted plant safety easier.

 

Sub-contractors come in all shapes and sizes, and not all contractors have enough gear to justify becoming a Plant Assessor member.

 

And this is why we are set to launch a free subscription to Australia’s leading plant safety platform!

 

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Top 5 Tips for a better Plant Assessor Experience

Here are some hot tips from our technical team aimed at helping you getting more from Plant Assessor.

These tips will help you:

  • Find things more quickly
  • Keep asset lists accurate
  • Make sure you have the best user experience on desktop and mobile
  • Get help on the run

Read on for our helpful tips


Plant Assessor helps with Hay Run to NSW fire affected farmers

 

The “Hay Run" concept was started in 2014 by the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners (Web | Facebook) who are conducting their 12th hay run on 23 February 2017.

 

Last weekend the “Coota Hay Runners" (Facebook) delivered approximately 80 odd truckloads of fodder to help farming families based around Dunedoo and Cassilis who were badly impacted by the St Ivan bushfire.

 

When we heard about the initiative a few days prior, we were quick to jump on board. Plant Assessor made a contribution to pay the fuel costs for one of the semi-trailer loads of hay, driven by none other than Simon Moloney who used to work with us here at Plant Assessor.

 

“We are essentially a regional business – our NSW offices are in Wagga Wagga and Maitland," explained Director, Paul Dean.

 

“Many of our staff were born onto farms or raised in rural Australia so we are acutely aware of how demanding life on the land is at the best of times let alone when natural disasters strike."

 

"This modest contribution is the least we could do to help these people who have been so badly impacted by these bushfires."

 

The event has received a lot of coverage on social media. The group’s Facebook Page has some great comments. Here’s a great post from the organise that’s well worth a read – (click here.)


Plant Assessor Team News
Welcome to our new Plant Assessor Family Members

During the first few weeks of 2017, we were very pleased to welcome a number of new people onto the Plant Assessor team. Welcome from left to right – Geoff, Jason, David & Christie

 

 

Here’s little more about our newest team members.

 

Christie Hardwick recently joined us as a Customer Success Representative. Christie has extensive sales and customer service experience, and has a Cert III in Business Administration.

 

One of her responsibilities in her previous role involved conducting risk assessments on all activities, locations and job seekers involved in the work for the dole program.

 

Christie was raised on the Central Coast of NSW and also spent many years in Coffs Harbour. Christie recently married her sweetheart Corey and is pleased to report that “it’s all going very well!”

She’s also ‘mum’ of two beautiful dogs, a border collie and a blue heeler.

 

Jason Cruickshank recently started with Plant Assessor in the role of Field Officer. Jason will be ‘on the road’ a lot, visiting our clients and helping them with assessments and other safety related activities. He’s a plant mechanic by trade and has very broad experience in this area including several years’ experience in underground mining when working forValley Longwall International.

 

Jason is a Novocastrian through and through – he attended Plattsburg Primary and Wallsend High. He’s married and has a son. Jason is a real outdoors type and says camping, fishing and motor bike riding are his favourite things to do outside of work. He also loves old cars and is in the process of restoring a 1973 Holden Torana!

 

Geoff Gleeson is another of our new Field Officers. Geoff has been around machinery forever. He grew up on a farm near Quirindi and, after operating machinery during harvest season, developed an interest in maintenance and repair which led him to become a qualified plant mechanic.

 

More recently he spent time driving long-haul trucks carrying general freight and dangerous goods. Before that he contracted to mines, OEM’s and councils as a Plant Mechanicand has also sold and distributed specialised lubricants for construction and earthmoving equipment.

Geoff is married with three children. Outside of work, he’s an avid 4WD enthusiast. “I’ve enjoyed many 4WD trips to various parts of Australia which includes two trips across the Simpson Desert and up to Cape York. Joining the Plant Assessor team allows me to continue to be involved with machinery and to also travel,” he explains.

 

David Krzempek is the new Group Manager of Customer Success and comes to us with a very rich history in enterprise software sales and customer success management.

 

Most recently he’s held senior roles with leading hospitality IT platforms, Hot Schedules and Moreton Bay Technology. David was born in Adelaide but brought up as a Queenslander where he also completed his tertiary education, including a Bachelor of Information Technology and an MBA (University of Southern Queensland).

 

He’s lived and worked extensively overseas including time in the USA and various countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. He’s a mad sports fan and, when he’s not working, tries hard to find time to keep track of 10 professional sports teams he has followed since he was a youngster.


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