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Enhancing safety and increasing longevity with Dropsafe barrier for Pilbara iron ore process plant

Iron Ore Process Plant

Project

An iron ore process plant in The Pilbara, Western Australia, needed a robust safety barrier solution to protect its workers and operations at its car dumper facility.

Challenges

The client had trialled various other types of barrier systems, with limited success.

Solution

The mining company engaged Teksal Safety to source, supply a  barrier solution at its car dumper facility.

In partnership with leading dropped object prevention manufacturer, Dropsafe, Teksal Safety supplied a Dropsafe barrier solution.

It was installed along the access platforms and stairways leading to the car dumper facility to minimise risk to workers and improve overall safety during operation.

The Dropsafe Barrier solution was chosen as it is easy to install and not only minimises risk to people and operations, but withstands the harsh conditions of the Australian climate.

Its robustness and durability also benefits the mine operator by reducing maintenance costs and increasing its longevity.

About the Dropsafe Barrier

Designed to prevent dropped object incidents, the Dropsafe Barrier is a robust and versatile modular barrier system.

It consists of impact and heat-resistant panels, with small a honeycomb aperture.

It attaches along the inside of the guardrailing of elevated walkways, stairways and access ways of permanent or temporary structures, using a universal attaching system. In doing so, the Dropsafe Barrier prevents loose items slipping through cracks and falling from height

Features

  • High impact resistance
  • Small mesh aperture
  • Designed for high winds
  • Suitable for harsh environments

Benefits

  • Instant safety solution compliant with relevant standards
  • Fast & easy to install with minimal tools
  • Fully tested & certified
  • Closes gap in human error
  • Fully recyclable
  • Achieved ABS DOPP+ Type Approval

About Dropsafe Barrier for mining and heavy industry environments

Falling or dropped objects pose risks to people in workplaces, and are especially dangerous on industrial and hazardous area sites. Equipment, material, tools and debris that can fall or be released sideways or upwards are considered falling objects.

Examples of falling or dropped objects include:

  • Objects falling from a structure, including scaffolding, tools, rocks, soils and bricks
  • Objects falling from lifting machinery, a vehicle or other plant equipment
  • Objects or material ejected while using machinery or hand tools

In partnership with Dropsafe, Teksal Safety provides dropped object prevention solutions, including:

  • Dropsafe Barrier – Barrier system for guardrailing and stairways for permanent and temporary installations
  • Dropsafe Nets – Safety nets that enclose and tether overhead fixtures
  • Dropsafe Pouches – Safety nets attached to the user, which securely enclose and tether handheld items used at height
  • Dropsafe Barricades – An access prevention system allowing good signage display and housekeeping measures

Outcome

This solution provides numerous benefits, including:

  • Minimising risk to people and operations
  • Withstanding the harsh conditions of the Australian climate
  • Offering robustness and durability
  • Reducing maintenance costs and increasing longevity

For more information about any of these dropped objects solutions, email sales@teksal.com.au.

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Testimonial

We were looking for a robust safety barrier solution for our iron ore plant / car dumper facility to protect our workers and maintain safe operations. We tried a few options. Teksal Safety sourced and supplied a Dropsafe Barrier, which we installed along access platforms and stairways. It was easy to install and is robust enough to withstand the harsh conditions of the Pilbara. Teksal Safety’s team provided an ideal solution for our project and we look forward to working with them again.

Guy Hambley