September Newsletter 2021

September Newsletter 2021

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

Tragic death of young worker leads to $375k fine

Matt Turner  |  Founder/Director

In October 2017, a worker of a Shoalhaven drilling company was fatally injured after being crushed by a truck. In July 2021, after a thorough investigation and the company pleading guilty, they were fined  $375,000.

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Managing the risk of working near powerlines

Paul Dean  |  Founder/Director

It’s critical to follow a structured and detailed process when approaching any task that requires the use of plant and equipment near powerlines…

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SEEN Safety IRIS 860 Sensor

Matt Ireland  |  National Sales Manager

This month’s safety product showcase takes a look clever technology that helps detect people and objects — even if the driver of machinery doesn’t see them.

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Welcome to the team!
Corinne West – People and Culture Manager

Corinne joins the team in the newly created role of People and Culture Manager. She has her Bachelor degrees in Law and Business, and worked for several years as a HR generalist before specialising in employment relations law and coaching high achieving work teams of consultants.

Corinne’s professional passion lies in coaching people managers to effectively manage their teams through training and leadership initiatives, and she will put these skills to good use at Plant Assessor, working closely with the leadership team to achieve excellence throughout the organisation.

She enjoys spending time at her home on the shores of Lake Macquarie with her husband, young son, and two dogs. She proudly owns her title of ‘crazy dog lady’ and is keen for pats with any good doggos passing by.

Ivana Petrovic – Success Coordinator

Ivana was born in Sydney and went to school in Maroubra. Her parents migrated from Serbia to Australia in 1991. Preferring the Newcastle lifestyle, she moved with her Fiancé at the start of this year.

She studied Tourism Management at TAFE, completing her diploma, and enjoying numerous awards for achievement, from TAFE and Destination NSW. She continued her studies at the University of Western Sydney, with a degree in Tourism Management and Social Science.

Ivana has work in roles in tourism, retail and customer service, working for The Body Shop, Westpac and DB Schenker. Most recently she worked for DKM Blue as the Executive Assistant to the MD.

She is engaged to be married in 2023, and has just bought a house in the area with her fiancé. They have a beautiful ‘fur baby’ American Staffy named Dexter. Ivana describes her ultimate weekend as getting up early on a Saturday morning, loading up the car with the camper trailer and heading out to the bush or the beach for a camping getaway.

Richard Kerr – Onboarding and Implementation Specialist

Richard was born in Hertfordshire in the UK, and attended the ‘Clere School’ in Burghclere, Berkshire.

After school, he got a job as a trainee photojournalist for an independent news agency covering the south of England that mainly supplied the UK national and local press.

After eight years in that position, he shifted careers, working as a Solution Analyst for Fuji Xerox Australia within their graphic communications business division. There, he provided technical expertise to customers on the company’s portfolio of 3D, wide-format and signage printers as well as their associated software tools such as Document Automated workflow software, Colour Management software, Printer RIP’s and CAD software.

He’s been married for 10 years has two two girls, aged seven and nine. Also part of the family are two dogs and a bearded dragon. In his spare time, Richard scratch-builds large-scale radio controlled model boats.

David Corrigan – Product Owner

David was born, raised, and Grew up in Newcastle. After a brief 3 month move to Sydney, he came back. He has two younger brothers who live locally too.

He attended St Pius and St Francis Xavier in Newcastle, and took his studies to Newcastle Uni to study his Bachelor’s in IT.

He worked in security from age 19, then moved to Harvey Norman. After uni, he worked at QMASTOR in Mayfield. He was a contractor for 12 months, including at Newcastle TAFE. He also worked for Modular Mining, and most recently Minlog – who were bought by Maptek.

In his role as a Senior Product Application Consultant at Minlog, he was the Product Owner, first line contact, 1st\2nd and partially 3rd line support, trainer, implementation consultant, analyst, report writer, and generally the link between the customer and the developers. Everyone from the Drill, Loader and Truck operators, to Geology, Mine Manager, and VP of Anglo Gold Ashanti.

He’s been with his partner for over 20 years, and they have a nine year old daughter. He has two cats (no dogs, sadly), and is a keen (if not skilled) footballer. He also has a Kawasaki Z1000, which he plans to ride to work when reasonable. This is just until he buys a 1969 Corvette, of course.

John Dawson – National Business Development Executive

John was born in Orange, and went to St Marys Public/Orange Public then onto Orange High. He played a lot of golf when he was younger and was off a +3 handicap and at one stage held all three course records at the three clubs in town.

He started working at a butchers, then went on to be a greenkeeper. Afterwards, he began his career in sales, with many roles predominantly working in the alcohol industry with brands such as Jim Beam, Canadian Club and Modus Operandi Brewing Company.

Most recently, he worked for a local IT company in Maitland, selling all things IT and Telecommunications.

John has a partner who he intends on proposing to after COVID passes. They have six children between the two of them:. Three boys, and three girls, ranging from 5-16 years old. They like to keep fit and spend time with family over the weekends where we can.

Safety News

VIC – Safety when unloading skip bins

A truck driver was fatally crushed while collecting a skip bin at a residential property. It is believed the truck rolled forward, crushing the driver against a brick wall. Read more

QLD – Falling object from tower crane

WHSQ was advised of a tower crane incident where a climbing frame guide roller assembly, four bolts and two shim plates fell to the ground. Read more

QLD – Ejected metal from unguarded angle grinder kills worker

It appears a small metal shard was violently ejected from the cutting work and struck his neck. No guarding was fitted to the angle grinder at the time. Read more

WA – Haul truck tyre blowout in workshop injures workers

One worker was thrown backwards by the percussive shock wave and knocked unconscious. Two other workers received minor injuries. Read more


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