Safescape Innovation and Collaboration

by | 9 Feb, 2016

The growth of Safescape over the last 5 years since our first installation at Fosterville Gold Mine in 2010 has been impressive but has not happened without the hard work of the dedicated Safescape team and its clients.

Changing the status quo is often challenging to industry stakeholders.  We believe that there is always room to do things better and to improve the safety of people working within our industry.  We are passionate about this and proud to have the opportunity to have a business that has a focus on developing products that do just that.  Being able to work with like-minded businesses in the mining industry who have the same focus as us is very rewarding and we value our relationships with our clients.  Working with them to make improvements to our current product Laddertube and exciting new products is something we focus on.  Our clients understand what they need and working with them to achieve this, remaining flexible and our maintaining our reputation are a priority for the business.

This collaborative approach has resulted in some exciting results over the years.  In 2012 Safescape were approached by Cracow mine site in relation to two long rises that required a solution for an escapeway system that would be practical and economical providing a secondary means of access within these exhaust airways connections to surface. Various methods were investigated including the movement and re-installation of the winder and head frame configuration that is situated above the current VR2 raise, installation of a steel caged ladder way and the application of the Safescape Laddertube system in combination with a mechanised Climb Assist system.

The cost of installation of both a winder would have been substantial, and the added cost and workload of maintaining a personnel riding winder as well as employing and keeping trained personnel for operating the winder would be significant. When Cracow approached Safescape to determine whether Laddertube would be an option for its intended application and use within substantially long vertical egress ladder ways, the team became aware of a mechanised climb assist system which is used in the wind power industry. After months of planning the Roses Pride 184m installation of Safescape Laddertube with a climb assist system was successfully completed in August 2013 and  3 months later work commenced on Empire, a 384m escapeway.  This escapeway took 5 days to install and while there were a number of teething problems with the climb assist system Safescape worked tirelessly to resolve the issues at their expense and with the support of the Cracow team.

The success of these projects not only saved Cracow a substantial amount of time and expense for the installation compared to alternatives, the cost savings for the future are significant.  The use of a ladder as opposed to a winder significantly reduces the ongoing monthly maintenance and training provisions required to support secondary egress.

Importantly the success of these installations and the learnings from this collaboration between Safescape, external suppliers and Cracow personnel now benefits sites worldwide.

More recently Safescape were approached by Cracow regarding removal of Safescape Laddertube from an existing installation.  While Safescape provide a solution for removal of the system at a later date it is reliant on using specific consumables during the initial installation to ensure the safety of personnel during the removal process.  This had not been a consideration when initially installing Safescape at Cracow.

Safescape initially communicated to Cracow that while removal would be possible, due to the installation method used initially, the removal method would result in damage to the ladders.  Cracow personnel did not consider this to be an acceptable outcome and insisted that they wanted to remove the ladders without damage or at least minimal damage.

After some discussion between the Managing Director of Safescape and site personnel, a possible solution emerged.  Steve Durkin discussed this option with Cracow representatives and Safescape provided a quotation to the site for the necessary equipment and consumables, as well as Safescape personnel to assist.

Cracow personnel made a decision to complete the JSA and proceed without the assistance of Safescape in successfully removing the escapeway ladders.  This cost saving of completing the work without Safescape was around $20k in contract labour and mobilization and the ladders removed for reuse are worth around $98k as well as freight. A saving well worth making.

Importantly the methodology provided to Cracow by Safescape was successful and can now be passed on to other sites. The other learning that resulted from this experience is that there is a great deal of value to some of our clients to have the option of removal available during the initial planning stage.  After discussion with Cracow management, Safescape have made a decision to provide this option in the quoting process. While there is some additional cost to installing using this system, for those sites wishing to move the ladders at a later date it provides a safe and effective solution.

Importantly the methodology provided to Cracow by Safescape was successful and can now be passed on to other sites. The other learning that resulted from this experience is that there is a great deal of value to some of our clients to have the option of removal available during the initial planning stage.  After discussion with Cracow management, Safescape have made a decision to provide this option in the quoting process. While there is some additional cost to installing using this system, for those sites wishing to move the ladders at a later date it provides a safe and effective solution.

While these examples of Safescape’s collaborative relationship with our clients resulted in considerable cost savings there are many examples that occur whether they are during discussions over the phone with existing or potential clients, as well as on site each time our team installs a Safescape escapeway system.  Each and every time we are able to work with our clients to support their desired outcomes means that we are doing our job and that we are meeting our company values.  Something that will always be a priority to this business and our reputation within the industry

 

 

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