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Height Safety manufacturer Capital Safety sells

Arle Capital Partners sells Capital Safety Group to KKR for US$1.12bn

- Return of 3.6x since Arle took on investment

Arle Capital Partners today announced that it signed an agreement to sell Capital Safety Group, worldwide experts in fall protection and height safety equipment, to KKR for an enterprise value of US$1.12bn. The deal is expected to complete in January 2012, subject to regulatory approvals.

The sale of Capital Safety represents a return of 3.6x since Arle began managing the investment in 2009 and a 2.7x return on the original investment. It is the third exit by the Arle team following the successful realisations of Ontex and Equity Trust. In total, the team will have realised proceeds of EUR728 million from these three exits.

Since Capital Safety was acquired from Electra Partners in June 2007 the business has undergone a strategic transformation, doubling its revenues to over US$350m.

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Working at height? 100% safe, 100% of the time is right, not an option

Companies are under increasing pressure to deliver cost savings whilst maintaining the highest possible safety standards, RIGCOM Access specialises in providing essential Height Safety systems and services to mining and infrastructure companies who choose to outsource their noncore activities.

Safety first in the workplace Height Safety, Unirail System
One of the great legacies resulting from the modern mining boom is that every action taken in the workplace is seen through the lens of safety. Australia can proudly boast that its workers operate in one of the most OH&S focused working environments globally.

This is not to create a deterrent in productivity but to ensure that everyone is protected from the workers in and around the mines though to the managers and executives examining protocols in terms of liability and impact to project feasibility. The era of ‘at all costs’ prospecting and production is over. However, not all safety standards are applied equally.

Government bodies such as Workplace NSW have identified the failure of the connection between harness and support system as the primary cause of several deaths and injuries in workplace scenarios that were completely avoidable if Height Safety Access regulations were followed.

Height Safety as a key area of weakness
As safety standards are increasing, Height Safety is one of the key areas where further attention is needed. This is often not deliberate. It is an oversight as to when height safety risk control measures should be taken.

The current perception is that height safety applies just to tall buildings but OH&S regulations nationwide have demanded that workers need to be secured when at height. As an example, OH&S Regulations 2001 require personnel that carry out work above two metres must be attached safely and securely to prevent a possible fall. This will apply often in a variety of scenarios in surface and underground mining sites. Height Safety risk controls would apply to workers in or on top of mining shafts, the edge of an open cut operation or on any temporary structure.

However, the great majority of mine managers are unaware of the exact legislation they must follow and have personnel working in an unsafe environment. One of the biggest ongoing concerns is the education of safety requirements to people who are ‘at risk’ or manage those ‘at risk’. The implications are profound as injury or death is a worst case scenario that is completely avoidable. 100% safety should be the priority.

Sub-standard installation of Height Safety systemsHeight Safety, Uni8 Overhead System
Even managers who endorse an installation of a Height Safety system are placing trust on the installer who may not be familiar with all the elements required to adequately create a secure ‘at height’ working environment. They need to know about the equipment used, the composition of the host structure where the height system is fixed, the way it is fixed, the context of use, are all critical factors that determine the quality of the installation of the height safety system.

Rubber-stamped self certification
Australian Standards are a ‘best effort’ to create continuity and consistency in an industry. When written into legislation like Workcover and OH&S Regulation 2001 it provides a framework for safety companies to operate in. However, the reality of the workplace is that ‘at height’ security is a non-core activity and only rudimentary training would be given onsite. The contractors would then only recognise what they know and may easily miss what they don’t. In the event of an accident the liability will point back to the worker who certified the system ready for use. Workplace legislation that seems rigorous on the surface is undermined by the quality control standards of those that are applying it. Unfortunately, injury or death will often be the trigger that causes a review. A proactive approach is demanded.

Taken from the up coming AIMEX booklet. AIMEX is here in Sydney 6th Sept – 9th Sept.

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Height Safety System Installation Uni-8

Installation of Height Safety Unirail & Uni 8 Overhead Systems – REX, Wagga WaggaHeight Safety System Unirail REX

RIGCOM Access were contacted by Regional Express Airlines to supply them with the replacement of 2 Height Safety systems in their maintenance hangers in Wagga Wagga. The previous Height Safety Systems had been installed prior to the Australian Standards changing and no longer continued to meet the required standards. They also didn’t meet Regional Express Airlines change in work practises.

Working with Regional Express Airlines to provide them with the best Height Safety Systems RIGCOM Access recommended the installation of a Uniline Uni 8 Overhead Height Safety System in one hanger and then in the second hanger a Uniline Unirail Height Safety System. The Height Safety Systems were located in best possible situations to allow Regional Express Airlines to get maximum coverage of their aircraft whist carrying out their maintenance tasks.

As part of the installation of the Height Safety Systems, RIGCOM Access provided Regional Express Airlines with detailed site documentation as per the requirements of AS1891.

Height Safety Unirail System

 

RIGCOM Access offered improved safety and monitoring of the system to be certified and a lower installation cost compared to other companies. With a short lead time, RIGCOM Access were flexible with the dates for our install and provided good after sales follow up. We would recommend RIGCOM Access to any company looking at using a similar Height Safety System.” Darren Rapana, Regional Express Airlines.

RIGCOM Access will guarantee to help you avoid the stress, accidents and potential heavy fines associated with Height Safety. Call RIGCOM Access NOW for your Free consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

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RIGCOM Access offers Capital Safety’s Mobile Fall Protection Systems

Height Safety – Mobile Fall Protection

Mobile Fall Protection Systems provide the user with an overhead anchorage point that can be moved around from application to application. Ideal for situations where an overhead structure is unreachable or does not exist. These systems are robustly built and are typically rated for up to at least two users. Adjustable in height, they provide an active fall protection solution for a wide range of applications.

Height Safety – Mobile Fall Protection / Free Standing A-Frame System

Product Description: Free-Standing A-Frame System

Industry: Transportation – Aviation, machinery access

Application: Combines the security of an overhead fixed/mobile anchorage point with a portable structure. Ideal for providing Fall-Protection to workers performing maintenance on top of aircraft, vehicles and equipment.

Features:

  • Lightweight aluminium and powder-coated steel
  • Easily moved by hand
  • Allows total coverage of work area
  • Provides horizontal mobility for up to 3 workers
  • Provides connection to overhead anchorage point for personal fall arrest systems
  • Reduces swing fall hazards
  • Can be fitted with second rail to provide worker bypass
  • Provides protection from the ground up

     

When you need safe temporary access to your plant and equipment at heights RIGCOM Access  has a solution for you.  Call RIGCOM Access NOW for your Free consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

Height Safety – Mobile Fall Protection / Adjustable Free-Standing Ladder Access System

Product Description: Adjustable Free-Standing Ladder Access SystemThe Adjustable Free-Standing Ladder Access System with Fall-Protection combines easy access to elevated work areas with Fall-Protection from the ground up for the duration of the work being performed.

Constructed of lightweight powder coated aluminium and zinc-plated steel, the Adjustable Free-Standing Ladder Access System with Fall-Protection is easily assembled and positioned. It can be collapsed for storage or transportation.

Each unit comes standard with adjustable handrails, foam-protected platform, two anchor davits and a fall-arrest ladder anchor which provide a total of three attachment points for the anchorage of a Personal Fall Arrest System(PFAS).

Available in a range of heights and wheel styles, the system can be ordered to meet your applications’ custom requirements. The Adjustable Free-Standing Ladder Access System can be easily moved by hand. It can also be moved by a forklift or towed by a maintenance vehicle when equipped with the proper accessories

Industry: Transportation – Aviation (commercial & defence)

Application:Designed to provide safe access and Fall-Protection for workers accessing elevated areas such as fuselage, wing and general maintenance areas. Comes standard with adjustable handrails, foam protected platform, two anchor davits and a fall arrest  ladder anchor. Available in a range of heights and wheel styles. Features:

  • Lightweight aluminium and powder-coated steel
  • Free-standing unit, does not require support from the aircraft and other sensitive equipment
  • Adjustable in height
  • Easily moved by hand
  • Ability to be towed by service vehicle
  • Overhead anchorage point for personal fall arrest systems
  • Rated for 3 workers
  • Provides protection from the ground up

   

When you need safe temporary access to your plant and equipment at heights RIGCOM Access  has a solution for you.  Call RIGCOM Access NOW for your Free consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

Height Safety – Mobile Fall Protection / Adjustable Free-Standing Horizontal Rail System

Product Description: Adjustable Free-Standing Horizontal Rail System The Free-Standing Horizontal Rail Fall-Arrest System combines the simplicity of a horizontal rail and trolley system with a portable support structure to provide reliable Fall-Protection where it’s needed, when it’s needed. The Free-Standing Horizontal Rail Fall-Arrest System is ideal for work on or near sensitive equipment, such as aircraft, where physical contact is undesirable.

Available in arrange of heights, widths and wheel styles, the Free-Standing Horizontal Rail Fall-Arrest System is constructed of lightweight powder coated aluminium and zinc-plated steel and can be ordered to fit your applications custom requirements.

Each system comes standard with a single track rail and two individual man-rated rail trolleys for anchorage of a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS). An optional double-track is available for improved worker mobility along the length of the entire rail.

The Free-Standing Horizontal Rail Fall-Arrest System is easily moved by hand and can be precisely placed to provide maximum protection. It can also be moved by a forklift or towed by a maintenance vehicle when equipped with the proper accessories.

Industry: Transportation – Aviation, machinery access

Application: Designed to provide safe access, horizontal movement and total fall protection on or near sensitive equipment. Complete with overhead horizontal rail and two trolley anchor points, providing total work area coverage.

Features:

  • Lightweight aluminium and powder-coated steel
  • Adjustable in height
  • Easily moved by hand
  • Overhead anchorage point for personal fall arrest systems
  • Available in a range of heights and widths
  • Can be fitted with a second rail to provide worker bypass
  • Provides protection from the ground up

  

When you need safe temporary access to your plant and equipment at heights RIGCOM Access  has a solution for you.  Call RIGCOM Access NOW for your Free consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

Height Safety – Mobile Fall Protection / Portable Tanker Access Ladder System (PTALS)

Product Description: Portable Tanker Access Ladder System (PTALS) Industry: Transportation – Tanker and general access, general structure access Application: Provides safe access and Fall-Protection for workers at elevated work areas. Customise by choosing your system height, platform size, wheel kit and fall arrest options. Features:

  • Lightweight aluminium and powder-coated steel
  • Adjustable height for site versatility
  • Easily moved by hand
  • Wheel options available for various terrains
  • Numerous platform accessories available for customisation
  • Fall arrest and passive protection options available
  • Provides protection from the ground up

  

When you need safe temporary access to your plant and equipment at heights RIGCOM Access  has a solution for you.  Call RIGCOM Access NOW for your Free consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

Why Wait to tackle Fall protection, when its too late??

 

 

 

 

 

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Height Safety Overhead System for Maintenance works

Uniline Unirail Height Safety System Installation – BAE Systems, Moorebank

RIGCOM Access were asked to specially design and install a Height Safety SystemHeight Safety for BAE Systems based in Sydney, NSW. RIGCOM Access used the Uniline Multisafe Unirail Height Safety System which allows BAE Systems to utilise an overhead crane to undertake maintenance tasks on top of equipment.

The positioning of the Height Safety system is flexible enough to work across a range of locations within the workshop allowing BAE Systems workers to use the system in multiple areas of the workshop, which contributes to greater work efficiency. Before use, the crane is isolated from use, to ensure that it doesn’t move whist personnel are attached. 

This solution has provided BAE Systems with total flexibility when undertaking repairs with the added assurance of knowing the custom designed Uniline Multisafe Unirail Safety System really delivers their Height Safety needs.

2 days of Working at Heights nationally accredited training for all the personnel was also carried out by RIGCOM Access’s alliance partner Risk Response + Rescue.

“As workplace Safety is the number one priority of BAE Systems Australia, we engaged the services of RIGCOM Access to install a fall Safety System in our Sydney based maintenance facility. RIGCOM Access were able to professionally tailor a fall Height SafetySafety System to protect our employees whilst working at Heights, including on-site training and ongoing product support. We would like to recommend RIGCOM Access to any other Safety focused company who requires excellent professional service and quality products.” Tim, BAE Systems

 

RIGCOM Access will guarantee to help you avoid the stress, accidents and potential heavy fines associated with Height Safety. Call us NOW for your Free Height Safety consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us

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Providing Safe Access to Building Air Conditioning Units.

Height SafetyHandrail and Service Access Walkway & Platform Installation project – NSW Building Trade Services, Rockdale.

The client contacted RIGCOM Access to provide them with solutions for access to the roof top, Safe Access to air conditioning, and Safe Access whist on the roof. By installing a new Sayfa caged Ladder, we solved the issue of Safe Access to the roof top. This provided the client Safe Access to get a new roof installed prior to the other works that were required.

Safe Access Platform

As part of the requirement the client wanted all the air conditioning units to be place on Platform, to prevent any damage to the

new roof. So using a previously designed Platform and linking up with Walkway, we provided the client with Safe Access for employees and contractors to carry out any Service & Maintenance tasks required.

To prevent any unwanted falls over the edges as the parapets were below the requirements of Australian Standards it was decided that the client wanted to go with Handrail around the perimeter of the building. Rather than going for Anchor Points or even better Static Line Systems they decided that the ongoing cost wasn’t something they wanted, so opted for the fixed Handrail.

RIGCOM Access‘s Professional Approach toward their quotation and detail within the quotation help us to decide to use them. They completed the job to high standard and delivered on time.  I would recommend RIGCOM Access to any company or persons requiring their services as the current completed job has had no issues.”

Height Safety Handrail

Leonn Herrmann, NSW Building Trade Services Pty Ltd

 

RIGCOM Access will guarantee to help you avoid the stress, accidents and potential heavy fines associated with Height Safety. Call us NOW for your Free Safe Access consultation +61 2 9966 1673 or email contact us


 

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Company fined after fatal warehouse roof fall

A Fife papermaking firm has been fined £260,000 after a worker fell almost 50 feet through a fragile roof to his death.

Thomas Sturrock, 32, from Methil, was working as part of a team for a contractor, cleaning the roof at Tullis Russell Papermaker Ltd’s warehouse in Markinch, Fife, on 29 September 2008.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard that Mr Sturrock’s co-workers on the roof heard a cracking sound before becoming aware that Mr Sturrock had fallen through the roof. Workers in the warehouse below also heard a loud noise and saw that Mr Sturrock had fallen through the roof to the concrete floor below.

An ambulance was called and paramedics pronounced Mr Sturrock dead at the scene. A post mortem examination established that Mr Sturrock would have died immediately following the fall.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that when Tullis Russell Papermakers instructed the contractor to carry out the cleaning work, it failed to make sure the work was properly planned and organised, and when the contractor’s employees were at work, they did not control, monitor and review the way the work was taking place.

The contractor had advised Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited the team would be using crawling boards on the fragile roof. However, such boards were not used and in order to carry out the cleaning work, workers accessed the roof by stepping onto it. Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited took no steps to check that crawling boards were in fact being used as agreed and failed to bring the unsafe work practices to a stop in spite of its internal procedures stating that work carried out by contractors should be monitored daily.

Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd of Glenrothes, Fife, were fined £260,000  after pleading guilty to breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The case against the contractor remains under consideration by the Health and Safety Division of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Following the case, HSE Inspector Mac Young said:

“Thomas Sturrock might be alive today if simple safety measures had been put in place. If Tullis Russell had ensured the contractor’s activities were monitored then it is possible the incident with Mr Sturrock may have been prevented.

“Tullis Russell Papermakers had a duty to ensure the safety of everyone on their site – whether working directly for them or not. Companies must make sure work contractors do for them is properly planned and organised, and monitor what actually happens when the work takes place.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement,www.hse.gov.uk
  2. In Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has sole responsibility for the raising of criminal proceedings for breaches of health and safety legislation.
  3. Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”

Story from: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/coi-sco-01711.htm

 

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