Vic forklift operator fired over YouTube stunt

In addition to losing his job and forklift licence, Matthew Gerry Ward, 20, has been ordered to carry out 50 hours of community work and complete a five-day health and safety course.Ward has also been made to pay WorkSafe’s court costs of $1200 by Seymour Magistrate Caitlin English.The court was told that Ward was employed by Australasian Pipeline & Pre-Cast Pty Ltd which makes reinforced concrete pipes at Kilmore. The clip, which has now been removed, was on YouTube for nearly two months when it was seen by his boss in July last year. Ward was later sacked for misconduct.WorkSafe told the court Ward was not wearing a seatbelt and put himself at risk of serious injury or death. WorkSafe executive director of health and safety John Merritt said forklifts were among the most dangerous pieces of equipment in Victorian workplaces – accounting for 56 fatalities since 1985, including 19 forklift drivers. Merritt said unless forklifts were used correctly the consequences were often serious, especially if a seatbelt was not used and the machine tipped.“In this case, the young man has put himself at risk, and while he suffered no physical injury has had to face legal and other consequences which had ongoing consequences,” he said.“With WorkSafe currently running a campaign targeting young workers our message continues to be ‘don’t take unnecessary risks’. “You might think you’re in control of the situation, but when something goes wrong, it will happen quickly, with little warning, often with permanent consequences.”Merritt said that posting such stunts on YouTube was highly irresponsible and encouraged other people to do the same thing, putting them at risk as well.

A KEANE EYE: Working on different levels

Brisbane is the prime example in Australia at present, largely because of the number of current and proposed tunnelling projects in the city. While it is politic to say that this is because of the high sustained growth levels in southeast Queensland, it is also fair to say that no other option is left because there were long periods of time when little substantial infrastructure was built.I suspect that eventually the busway network in Brisbane will be regarded as one of the modern engineering marvels of Australia, and a significant part of this is because of the courage to grade separate the busway in and close to the city, starting with an underground bus station in the city.The current first stage of the Northern Busway being built by Abigroup will be remarkable in having a long section of elevated road crossing a train line and the Inner City Bypass, crossing major roads close to the main hospital complex in Brisbane, having an elevated bus station at the hospital and linking with the Inner Northern Busway that exits the city without mixing with general traffic. A 20-minute saving in peak hour is very impressive.The section in front of the hospital will be cantilevered over an existing footpath, will not interfere with hospital access or general road traffic, and will be built around existing infrastructure and a heritage wall. This is a difficult and expensive project, but its benefits in allowing buses to quickly enter and exit the city regardless of the time of day will be felt for decades to come.I suspect that other cities will have to bite the bullet to improve public transport in the city. A good rail system works well along the spines that it services, but there is still a big role for buses in servicing areas that cannot viably be covered by rail. Their effectiveness is limited by mixing with general traffic, and dedicated bus lanes are often a mickey mouse solution.All that aside, it brought to mind the large number of concrete beams being lifted in Australia, and how some of these lifts become quite difficult because of the weight of the beams, the difficulty of access for cranes and transport, or the need to minimise disruption to traffic.This got me thinking about whether sometimes these jobs can become unnecessarily difficult and expensive. Australia now has a good population of large cranes, but the difficult lifts can require multiple large cranes to be used because of the weight of the load and the radius of the lift. The width of a bridge for a major highway or freeway can also require multiple set-up positions for the cranes. These cranes need to be able to pick up a beam from a position accessible to transport, and then slew to a position to place the beams, and this can necessitate one crane passing to another during the course of the lift.It has struck me that the piers of these bridges are substantial structures capable of taking the weight of the beams and the traffic that travels above them. There are various heavy lift skate and gantry systems around the world, and it occurred to me that it could be feasible to mount a simple track and trolley system on the piers to transfer beams along a pier to the installation position.If such a system incorporated a capability to micro-adjust the position of the beam, for example with small jacks, it should simplify the positioning of the beam over the bearings.It would also mean that beams could be lifted onto the piers from one position, regardless of final resting place, and that the crane would be freed up for rigging to the next beam much earlier than if it had to hold the beam until it was settled on the bearing. Is there someone out there who thinks the idea is a possibility, or alternatively is prepared to tell me I’m mad?

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Green plants have cell walls containing cellulose and obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis by primary chloroplasts, derived from endosymbiosis with cyanobacteria. Their chloroplasts contain chlorophylls a and b, which gives them their green color. Some plants are parasitic and have lost the ability to produce normal amounts of chlorophyll or to photosynthesize. Plants are characterized by sexual reproduction and alternation of generations, although asexual reproduction is also common.There are about 300-315 thousand species of plants, of which the great majority, some 260-290 thousand, are seed plants (see the table below).[5] Green plants provide a substantial proportion of the world’s molecular oxygen and are the basis of most of Earth’s ecologies, especially on land. Plants that produce grains, fruits and vegetables form humankind’s basic foodstuffs, and have been domesticated for millennia. Plants play many roles in culture. They are used as ornaments and, until recently and in great variety, they have served as the source of most medicines and drugs. The scientific study of plants is known as botany, a branch of biology.

CEOs do it tough for charity

The charity event took place in capital cities across Australia on Thursday, June 16 and raised $4 million to support Vinnies homeless services.Some construction industry representatives to take part included Caroline Pidcock from Pidcock, Paul Shaw from Lend Lease and David Castledine from Civil Contractors Federation.As well as raising money the event was created to give chief executive officers from some of Australia’s biggest companies a taste of what life is like on the streets for thousands of homeless Australians.“The fact that so many of the country’s business leaders are prepared to experience one night of discomfort in order to grasp the enormity of the disadvantage experienced by others is humbling,” St Vincent de Paul Society CEO New South Wales Graham West said.“The money raised can achieve so much. It will assist in the running of our homeless services and refugees in NSW, but will also go toward programs that aim to equip people with the skills they need to leave their homeless experience behind forever. The continuation of services such as these wouldn’t be possible without these important funds.”

Twisted rail

The snaps were taken almost two weeks ago. Despite the evident damage, Queensland Rail National aims to reopen the Blackwater line tomorrow.

Grove teams up with Allison

Grove’s senior regional product manager for all-terrain cranes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Michael Preikschas, said the six-axle all-terrain crane with an extended boom offered outstanding manoeuvrability and driver comfort thanks to the 4500 SP fully automatic transmission.“The GMK 6300L is the only one in its class which has a fully automatic transmission offering the best driveability onsite,” Preikschas said.“The Allison 4500 SP is a strong, reliable and cost-effective drive train solution. Its capabilities are proven even in the most arduous conditions and the electronic controls allow it to adapt to its surroundings and provide self-diagnostics for easier maintenance.“An integral retarder offers enhanced braking on hills and greater safety for the operator when moving a heavy vehicle.”Preikschas said combined with Grove’s Megatrak suspension system, the Allison transmission offers excellent manoeuvrability even in the most narrow lift conditions.The GMK6300L is capable of lifting 300 tonnes and features a main boom that can extend 80m, and for even further operating distance a 37m boom extension is also available.Preikschas commented that the lifting capacity of 12t at 80m simplifies tasks such as tower crane erection, placing air-conditioning units and elevator equipment on high-rise buildings or chimney work.The crane is powered by a Mercedes OM 502 LA engine with power for the crane boom coming from a separate Mercedes OM 926 LA engine.The latest crane offering by Manitowoc continues the partnership between Grove and Allison with the fully automatic transmissions offered across the range including the GMK5170, GMK5220, GMK6220L, GMK6300 and GMK7450 models.

Lloyd to step down as ABCC commissioner

Lloyd said he was advised by the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard that he would not be reappointed to the position of ABCC commissioner.Lloyd said he had not made a decision on a finishing date, although he intends to work through to near the end of the tenure. Reflecting on the work of the ABCC, Lloyd said the agency had been responsible for improving the workplace relations conduct of the building and construction industry with more projects now completed on time and within budget. “I have found the role of ABCC commissioner over the past five years to be challenging and fulfilling,” he said in a statement. “ABCC staff are often required to work in confronting circumstances. They have proved to be very resilient and professional in how they go about their duties.” Lloyd paid tribute to those in the industry with the courage to complain about unlawful conduct and to assist ABCC investigations. He was appointed ABCC commissioner on September 29 2005.

WesTrac merger gets the nod

“I am greatly appreciative of the vote of confidence today from Seven shareholders in favour of the merger of Seven and the WesTrac Group, two great companies with excellent management teams,” Stokes said.“We think that the combination of the two companies will offer growth opportunities for all Seven shareholders, and it is that growth potential that prompted us to embark upon this exercise.“The share scheme and TELYS3 Scheme are now subject to a court hearing for approval, and we will not comment further until that process has run its course.” Seven will apply to the Federal Court of Australia for orders approving the schemes at a hearing scheduled for this Friday.If the court approves the share scheme it will lodge the approval with ASIC on Thursday, April 29.

Oakajee to cost $4.4B

Oakajee Port and Rail said on Tuesday it had delivered a draft bankable feasibility study to the Western Australian government which demonstrated the “strong technical feasibility” of the combined port and rail project.Construction costs will total $4.37 billion in 2010 dollars, with the private-sector contribution likely to come to around $3.75 billion – though those figures don’t include land acquisition, engineering and design costs, which are still “subject to review”.OPR will ask the state and federal governments to kick in $565 million (plus $60 million as a contingency) for the common-user portion of the project.The delivery of the BFS comes only a week after OPR chief John Langoulant flagged a potential doubling of capacity at the port, and indicated that uranium miners might be able to ship their product through the planned port in the future.OPR said draft implementation agreements had also been delivered to the state government, though some work remained to be done on outstanding matters. Final implementation agreements are expected to be finalised by the end of the year.The planned initial capacity of the port will be 45 million tonnes per annum, including two Cape class berths, and the feasibility study includes the potential for a significant further expansion of the port as demand increases.“The positive findings of the study, coupled with strong interest from regional miners in utilising the new port and rail supply chain, strengthen the business case and our confidence in the technical feasibility of this complex infrastructure task,” Langoulant said.WA Premier Colin Barnett welcomed the submission of the feasibility study.“The next step is for the government to conduct due diligence on the draft bankable feasibility study to ensure that the project will meet the state’s objectives and deliver value for money,” he said.“Bringing this massive and complex project together is a huge undertaking for the proponent, for the state government, and for Mid West mining companies, but significant progress has already been made.”Barnett said OPR was negotiating with three potential foundation customers for use of the facilities – Sinosteel Midwest (Weld Range project), Karara Mining (Karara project) and Crosslands Resources (Jack Hills project). Gindalbie, the owner of the $1.8 billion Karara iron ore project, today announced a $US65 billion offtake agreement that covers the mine’s 30-year life.“This is a huge achievement and one that gives further certainty to the Oakajee project,” Barnett said.OPR is due to deliver a final bankable feasibility study towards the end of the year.

Sino Iron stockpile contract goes to Forge

MCC, which is overseeing the project, intends to award Forge subsidiary Cimeco the contract for onsite civil works, concrete placement and structural steel installation.The scope of works will include 234,000 cubic metres of earthworks, 11,000cu.m of concrete and a small quantity of rail installation.It won’t be the first time Cimeco has carried out work at the project, with the company awarded its largest ever contract by MCC in November for onsite concrete placement and structural steel installation for the work filter building area.In February, Cimeco was awarded a further $20 million civil and concrete contract for the concentrate terminal at the project.This is in addition to recent contracts awarded by Lynas Corporation for its Mt Weld rare earths project and by Adamus Resources for its Southern Ashanti gold project in Ghana.Forge’s order book now stands at around $300 million.The company has updated its guidance, tipping revenue for the second half of the 2010 financial year to be around 15% higher than the $112 million in revenue posted for the first half.Full-year net profit after tax is expected to be $28-30 million.