Tyco, a global fire protection and security company, has reinvented the way heavy lifting of cylinders is conducted on site.
Tyco Integrated Fire & Security staff working at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal in Wollongong, NSW, put their heads together and came up with a creative solution to address the heavy lifting issue.
The Port Kembla Coal Terminal has a stringent fire safety protocol in place.
As part of its ongoing maintenance, up to nine heavy cylinders have to be lifted from ground level to a height of 20m on a regular basis. Each cylinder weighs 121kg.
The Inergen gas cylinders are critical components of the fire safety system that is installed at Port Kembla, which includes 28 fire panels and more than 100 Inergen cylinders located in switch rooms throughout the terminal.
Trent Green from Tyco’s Wollongong team and Steve Caple from Tyco’s Technical Services team designed a specialised Inergen Cylinder Lifting Harness that enables heavy cylinders to be moved with the use of a crane.
“Developing the new safety system was not a straight forward process,” explained Trent Green, Fire Alarm, Leading Hand at Wormald.
“It took three months of brainstorming, sketching, consulting and locating a suitable manufacturer before a prototype could be produced. It then took extensive testing and trials, with a number of improvements and modifications, before the harness could be manufactured and put into use.”
The team’s efforts have now paid off with the Inergen Cylinder Harness improving workplace safety at the site.
The Tyco team has also been formally recognised by Port Kembla Coal for their safe methods of work and efforts in developing the solution.
There are now big plans for the harness. It has subsequently been approved as a product and incorporated into the Tyco Fire Australia Cylinder Handling Procedure.
Several fire branches in Australia have also purchased the harness and it has been adapted for use in other industries.
There are now three new harnesses designed to lift C02 cylinders and two different size harnesses which are being used to lift cylinders onto ships with low ceiling spaces.