CSG Industry Safety Forum Stand Together for Safety Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane 6 th May 2011. FIRE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES. Raise the alarm by activating manual call point or dialling ‘2000’ Fire alarm is a series of ‘beeps’ Evacuation alarm is a series of ‘ woop ’ tones
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Stand Together for Safety
Working Together To Address our
Andrew Faulkner, CEO – Arrow Energy
The Golden Gate Bridge
The roadway is 220 feet above the water which means that a fall from the roadway would almost invariably result in death.
At the time of construction (1933-1938) it was expected that on a construction of this type, one person would die for every $1 million spent. With a cost of $37 million this obviously meant the expectation was for 37 people to die building this bridge.
For the project manager Joseph B. Strauss, this was not acceptable so he decided to achieve unheard of performance, distinguish himself from his contemporaries, find a new “point of view” and care for his workers
He made everyone wear a hard hat. That seems like nothing much now but at the time no hard hats had been used on a site that was not below ground.
He installed safety nets to catch any falling workers. Now where did the nets come from if no-one had ever used them before? The circus.
In the end 11 did die, (all towards the end of construction) 10 in one fall when a scaffold collapsed and the net could not hold the weight. But 19 were saved by the nets. These 19 formed the “Halfway to Hell” club.
If he had done nothing, 30 would have died from falls and his project would still have been judged as successful – according to the standards of the day.
So are we prepared to be judged as ‘successful’ by today’s standards… or do we CHOOSE to make a difference and be recognised in the future for our HSE excellence?
Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
6th May 2011