May Newsletter 2020

May Newsletter 2020

Here’s some cool stuff we’ve written while WFH in May. Enjoy.

SAFETY INCIDENT BREAKDOWN:
Fine for tip incident increased by 360%
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Matt Turner  |  Managing Director

Last month, the Supreme Court of WA increased the quantum of a WorkSafe WA fine by 360% in relation to an incident where a member of the public was injured at a council waste depot.


Circumstances:

  Member of public struck at tip by loader – significant injuries
  Employer had previously been issued with 2 notices re mobile plant incidents & the need to manage the risks of vehicle/plant/pedestrian interaction
  Following the latest incident – prohibition notice issued, breached the following day
(CCTV footage of breach)

Initial report  |  Most recent report

The penalties:

  Given the apparent history on non-compliance with mobile plant related WorkSafe improvement notices & the breach of a prohibition notice, it is surprising the…

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CASE STUDY:
Local subcontractor benefits from real-time
& transparent data to manage INLink Rail JV fleet
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MAAS Group is a diversified business based in Dubbo specialising in wet and dry plant hire, quarrying and property development.

As Nathan Finlay, Compliance Manager for MAAS Group explains, “civil earthworks is our specialty, we know how to move dirt and we do it very well.”

MAAS Group undertakes work for a diverse range of clients including local councils, state government departments including RMS, private clients and major contractors managing significant projects such as the InLink Rail joint venture currently based in Parkes.

They run a large fleet consisting of more than 200 assets ranging in size from a Caterpillar D11 dozer down to a Bobcat.

“We go where the work is,” explains Nathan. “We spent a lot of time in Queensland a few years back working on various major earthworks projects and we currently have various plant items working on both Sydney Metro and West Connex tunneling projects in Sydney. Closer to home, we are completing various jobs for the Dubbo Regional Council including upgrades at the airport.”

Plant Assessor was selected as the provider of a whole-of-site machinery safety system for the project and was working with BMD to configure the platform to enable site access and ensure compliance for all contractors supplying machinery for the project. That gave Plant Assessor an opportunity to work with MAAS Group and around 50 other businesses…

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PLANT ASSESSOR NEWS

Introducing our New Development Team Lead – Martijn Schiferli!

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Martijn was born in the small city of Zevenaar in The Netherlands and throughout his childhood lived in various little towns in the province of Gelderland. He studied Arts Business Management at Hogeschool Holland in Amsterdam, specialising in Theatre and performing arts. During this time, he worked as a chef in small restaurants. 

Even though he had been coding since his early teens his career change in software development was rather unexpected, but after being offered a generous salary and a car, he started as a junior software developer with a banking software house developing mainframe software using COBOL and Pascal. Now more than 20 years later, he has worked in a wide range of different industries, as well as moving from line of business software to SaaS products.

Martijn moved to Australia in the early 2000’s, first living in Belmont, then moving to the Central Coast. Martijn and his partner Lisa live in Niagara Park with a large garden filled with chickens and are joined every second weekend by his teenage daughter Portia. 

Martijn is a man of eclectic interests and when he isn’t feverishly coding he enjoys cooking, reading, acting, classical music, museums and burning up the D-floor. His current passion is the Argentinian Tango and is very much looking forward to returning to lessons. 

Welcome to the Plant Assessor Team Martijn!

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