The tool, which enables operators to lift any dimension and length of metal casing without having to place their hands or forearms in the hollow steel tube, was named the winner of the Health and Safety Award in July. The one-piece plastic, one-size-fits-all tool enables two people to lift the casing securely, thereby removing the risk of contact with potentially sharp threads, and with correct posture while walking across uneven ground.
The iED, which publishes a hard-copy magazine and news features online, made contact with Structural Soils to hear more about the technology and its development.
“We identified the need to find a solution to a long-term manual handling issue in the drilling part of the business,” Structural Soils drilling manager for the south Nick Reichelt told the institution. “Carrying casing was responsible for most minor and occasionally more serious hand injuries. Staff engagement was critical in designing and evolving the optimum tool for the job, which all our crews now use. An additional benefit of using the tool is that it naturally imparts a better posture for carrying, thereby helping to alleviate another cause of injuries on-site.”
The Structural Soils team now has V4 in production and hopes to roll the tool out to subcontractors later this year, before distributing it across a wider user base.
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