KOMBI® Aluminium Stairs and Platforms provide access to railway plant and machinery. No-weld systems enable easy install on uneven terrain using battery operated hand tools.
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The provision of systems to enable workers to safely access plant and machinery is a key part of your Duty of Care for your employees. Regular maintenance of railway electrical switchboards, signal monitors and other plant is a key factor in keeping the network on time and working efficiently. Ensuring that this is done as easily and safely as possible is paramount.
Workplace Manslaughter Laws now in place throughout Australia can see PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) held accountable should there be a fatality on their premises. There have already been several court rulings involving prosecution for those found guilty.
In May 2021, a WA Company Director received the longest jail sentence on record for a WHS matter following gross negligence which led to a worker’s death.
“From the facts that I understand, the worker who was killed was under the direct instruction of his employer. They had to make sure all the safety measurements were in place. They knew the risks. The obligation was clearly on them to take steps to control the risks.”
– Sue Bottrell, Lawyer and WHS Expert
Now more than ever it is time to make sure your employees are protected.
Access to equipment and plant that is required to run busy suburban and country rail networks necessitates the installation of stairs, platforms, walkways and other systems in a variety of areas.
When choosing products, they must be compliant, easy to use and durable.
The method of installation is also an integral factor that is to be considered in the selection. As locations can range from inner city stations to the remote backblocks in regional Australia, adaptable products that can be easily installed are an ideal choice. In particular, outback areas may have a shortage of skilled labour to carry out the work which may pose further challenges.
Additionally, if access systems are to be self-installed, then their method of installation must be carefully scrutinised to ensure that workers are not placed at risk of any potential manual handling injuries.
Railway networks cannot endure long periods of downtime and hot works associated with welded access platforms and stairs can add to timeline delays.
That is where KOMBI Access Platforms and Stairs provide the answer. The systems can be supplied as modules and are assembled with the patented KOMBI T-Bolt using battery operated hand tools and no on-site fabrication or welding.
Modifications can be done in situ, making allowances for any uneven ground surfaces or minor discrepancies in measurements.
Additionally, the lightweight construction of the KOMBI systems provides peace of mind for employers.
When designing KOMBI Systems we ensured that the modular aluminium components would fall within acceptable weight limits. Read more in our article "Be Safety Smart".