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Build a Bridge – Day 4 Wrap

Following on From Friday’s tender award it was time for the teams to reunite and to…well…build a bridge.

Things kicked off bright and early at the Construction Training Centre as it was time to install some time-lapse cameras and Constructionarium Australia is thankful to Steve Ryan of RixRyan Photography for his support and willingness to go the extra mile to support our initiative.

Our cohort was very excited as today would be the day that they moved from the classroom onto the site.  Formed under the banner of PPG it was the start of their construction week as they work to deliver a major infrastructure project for Constructionarium Australia. But before any work could take place, it was time for the all-important safety briefings.

When we tell people that we are creating a replica Story Bridge, they imagine something a metre long, made from Lego and all based on classroom theory. The truth could not be much further away, and with a construction methodology involving 2.5-tonne lifts, manual assembly, road closures, traffic plans, power tools, cranes and a 30m structure, safety is taken very seriously by everyone involved. Thanks to partners BMD we have on hand Tanya Winter, under whose expert guidance the teams will carry out all safety briefings and have their processes and Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) critiqued.

So it was a morning of briefings, demonstrations and procedures that meant that we could be confident all participants would look after each other, themselves and the safety of anyone involved in the build. It was also fantastic to welcome a number of visitors to the site with, TMR Chief Engineer Dennis Walsh and  Dean Muir of Pumps United stopping by to meet the group and visit the build.

For today’s lunchtime session we welcomed Coates Hire, longtime supporters of Constructionarium Australia and an organisation who have helped to ensure our teams have access to the tools and equipment they need to get the job done. Jason Grady, Gregory Clark, Stephen Reganzani from Coates Hire gave the cohort an overview of the different temporary propping mechanism available as well as the specific technicality associated with each of them.

And then it was time to get out on site, and under the watchful gaze of the project team, our crane from partners WH&S More Skills arrived onsite to start positioning the elements of the structure into sections for assembly on the ground before moving in to place later in the week. This was a baptism of fire for the team as they had to quickly adjust and adapt their plans to suit a real-life situation where heavy plant and equipment is mobilised across a live site that has neighbours, users requiring access, and numerous hazards and risk points. And it was a credit to the team, that their trust in each other and commitment to communicating and operating safely that the first day of construction has them on track, on programme and on budget.

But with the weather predicted to be ‘interesting’ over the next few days will they stay ahead of schedule? Check back tomorrow for our next update.

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