From the Chairman
Welcome to another addition of the AUSJET/ADCVA newsletter. With the borders opening over the past few months, I have been able to travel again, catching up with contractors working across all disciplines of the industrial services industry.
It is great to see that our industry is booming with plenty of work around for everyone. Whether I am talking to a high-pressure water jetting, drain cleaning or hydro excavation contractor the one thing they are all struggling with is labour, both skilled and unskilled.
The shortage of skilled labour across our industry is the biggest risk we currently face as an industry. This shortage of labour can be put down to a combination of factors;
- The drive by contractors to casualise their workforce, driven by customer pressure to reduce costs, forcing people to look to alternative industries for job security.
- The changing attitudes of school leavers and the careers they want to pursue, a shift away from manual labour including apprenticeships.
- A general shortage of labour across Australia post COVID19, with immigration almost non-existent and the national borders closed.
Over the last six months AUSJET/ADCVA have become aware of many incidents that are occurring, which are going unreported due to legal privilege. These incidents have resulted in water injection injuries and broken bones, which have required hospital treatment, on equipment from high pressure water jetting units to drain cleaning units.
Of the little we know about these incidents, some information would suggest one of the main contributing factors is operator competency. As an industry we have worked hard over a number of years to lift the competency of our operators and to improve the safety of the industry. With the operator shortages we are witnessing and the level of competency of the operator pool, I believe the industry is at the crossroads.
As an industry we need to ensure operator competency, not just accept that they are competent, because they have completed a water jetting or drain cleaning course run by an RTO. We need to start to invest in people again and provide career paths, not only to attract new people to the industry but to retain and improve the skills sets of the ones we already have. If we do not start to do these things, we will see an increase in severe injuries that will tarnish the whole high-pressure water jetting, drain cleaning, vacuum loading, and hydro excavation industries.
AUSJET/ADCVA are working hard to support our members and the wider industry, with the recent review of the industrial services skills sets and units of competency. As we have communicated, we had resistance from the WA and Victorian Governments, to endorse the 120 hours minimum experience after completing MSMSS00003 – Use high pressure water jetting equipment, prior to the completion of MSMSS00004 – Operate a high-pressure water jetting system.
Our members and the wider industry view the 120 hours requirement as a key pillar in ensuring operator competency and therefore safety. I am pleased to advise that following lobbying from AUSJET/ADCVA and IBSA who is the government body responsible for the course revision, we have managed to convince Victoria to endorse the 120-hour requirement. We therefore believe it will be endorsed nationally at the upcoming meeting of the governing body AISC in June this year.
Following the approval of the revised courses, AUSJET/ADCVA will begin working with IBSA to develop Certificate II & III course in Industrial Services, to further support industry in attracting and retaining personnel. We will be running workshops and Zoom events in the coming months to develop these courses in conjunction with our members and the wider industry.
AUSJET/ADCVA recently established a working group to develop a drain cleaning equipment recommended practices workbook. The workbook is based around best practice and compliance with AS4233 and the safe work Australia guidelines, with a final draft now completed. We will be running workshops around the country in May to gain wider industry feedback on the recommended practices.
It’s up to us as an industry to drive safety and training; we need to refocus on the key fundamentals that deliver on those outcomes. Your association AUSJET/ADVCA is here to assist but we need you all involved.
I look forward to seeing our members at our upcoming workshops around the country.
The excitement is building for AUSJET22 where we will deliver a dedicated conference program focused on specific new technology and industry relevant topics including educational sessions, outdoor live equipment demonstrations, an industry networking function, and an exhibition hall with large equipment and hands-on displays.
On the 28th of April AUSJET/ADCVA held an online and in person event across Australia to relaunch the AUSJET/ADCVA conference in conjunction with Expertise Events. We would like to thank Hammelmann, Aussie Pumps, KOR, TRHC (Metco), WOMA, and all those who attended both in person and via Zoom.
Gary Fitz-Roy from Expertise Events provided an update on the progress of the conference planning and the current sponsors and announced four-time Olympian and Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury OAM as a keynote speaker. Steven will deliver his keynote address on the afternoon of the first day of the conference just prior to the conference networking function. AUSJET/ADCVA is excited to have Steven on board, we are sure he will be inspirational and entertaining.
Gary also went into detail on the exhibition space and bookings, all Sponsorship has been filled, and the outdoor display and demo areas are full, with about ten indoor exhibition stands remaining. He went on to explain that although the exhibition space is almost sold out; we will not be expanding the event or moving to a larger venue. Expertise Events believe in delivering value and supporting the stakeholder’s sponsors who continue to support the event and do not want to dilute that value.
If you want to be involved and showcase your business capabilities, act fast as spaces are limited.
If you want to find out more information visit the conference website https://ausjetconnect.com.au or contact the Expertise Events team on 02 9452 7575.
Incident Reporting - We want to hear from you
One of the responsibilities of being a member of AUSJET/ADCVA is to report all incidents. It is important we communicate all incidents within our industry to prevent them from reoccurring and to improve industry safety both here in Australia and now globally through the GICC Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition.
All information is kept strictly confidential and can be reported through our website safety/report-an-incident-/, or directly to our administrator Gabe Wardle email@example.com. In all cases we request the contact details of the person reporting the incident, so we can work with them to develop an industry safety alert.
When developing the industry safety alerts any reference to the company that had the incident, or the location of the incident is removed. Prior to publishing the safety alert, we send a draft of the alert to the reporting person for their approval prior to distributing the alert to our members and on social media.
So, what should be reported?
In the past reporting has been generally around the higher consequence incidents, severe injuries, hospitalisations etc. To truly improve industry safety, we want to engage more, we would like to see all incidents involving High Pressure Water Jetting, Vacuum Loading, Drain Cleaning and Hydro Excavation reported including,
- Near Misses
- Environmental Incident
In some circumstances we understand that some incidents may be placed under legal privilege. In these instances if possible we would request that members simply advise AUSJET/ADCVA that an incident has occurred without specific detail, then at the completion of the investigation and the period of privilege, we can then work together to develop a safety alert.
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WJTA Conference & Expo Update
The WaterJet Technology Association
Excitement is high for WJTA 2021 following attendance growth and enthusiasm at the 2019 Conference & Expo. With the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 Expo and other trade/sales events, the October Conference/Expo is an outstanding way for companies to reach existing and potential customers.
Mark your calendar for October 26-28 in New Orleans, with a program including leading vendors and contractors, expanded educational opportunities, advanced automation and robotics, live equipment demonstrations, hands-on equipment displays, training, networking connections and much more.
Exhibit Space and Sponsorships Available
Meet with WJTA's focused audience of high-level decision makers, and get down to business in person. Exhibiting, live demonstration and sponsorship opportunities are available now.
WJTA attendees are leaders in industrial cleaning, waterjetting, industrial vacuuming, hydrodemolition, vacuum excavation and similar service lines.
The Importance of Individual Unit Competency Assessments
With more and more equipment manufacturers are now supplying, high pressure pumps, drain cleaning units, combination units and hydro excavation units within Australia, it is important to ensure operators are competent in their use.
Whilst similar units usually have the same functionality, their operation will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. You cannot assume that because an operator is competent on one make of a combination unit or high-pressure pump, that they are automatically competent on another manufactures piece of equipment, just because they hold MSMSS00005 - Operate a Drain Cleaning System or MSMSS00004 - Operate a High-Pressure Water Jetting System. Operators not trained in the operational functions relevant to a manufacturers piece of equipment, are at a higher risk of injury.
It is the responsibility of a PCBU to ensure all people operating equipment are trained and competent in the operation of that equipment. In January 2021, a company in QLD was fined $60,000 as a result of an incident that led to a severe injury. It was determined that the operator was not competent to operate that piece of equipment, and that the company had not ensured the operator was competent prior to commencing the task.
(See attached notice)
This incident and fine highlight the need for companies to ensure they provide training and instruction on individual units, and that they have systems to verify operator competency individual to each unit’s operation.
If your company does not have the systems internally to verify unit competency, contact the unit’s manufacturer. Most manufacturers can provide training and instruction on operations specific to their units and provided verification of competency in relation to the unit’s operational functions.
Upcoming Drain Cleaning Best Practice Industry Workshops
In December 2020 AUSJET/ADCVA established a working group consisting of a cross section of members, including contractor suppliers and training organisations to develop best practice guidelines for the use of industrial drain cleaning units.
The working group came together in January and for the past four months, to develop a draft document for the Recommended Practices for the Use of Industrial Drain Cleaning Equipment. The document seeks to provide guidance on how contractors using drain cleaners can perform their operations safely and in compliance with AS4233 and the Safe Work Australia Guidelines.
Now that the draft has been completed, we will be holding industry workshops open to both members and non-members in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. The purpose of the workshops is to review the recommended practices, gaining feedback from industry to ensure the recommendations are practical and deliverable across the entire industry.
The workshops are scheduled to be held on Friday the 14th of May, apart from QLD which will be held on Wednesday the 19th of May. Announcements will be made this week confirming the dates, times, and venues. We look forward to your participation in these workshops.
AUSJET/ADCVA welcomes new member
AR Specialised Services Pty Ltd
Based in Victoria
Over 30 Years in the Latrobe Valley
AR Specialised Services provides precision high pressure water cleaning, water jet blasting and industrial vacuuming services across various industries.
The qualified team have completed projects for the power, mining and timber industries as well as local government, water authorities, petrochemical plants and food manufacturing.
High Pressure Water Jet Blasting
High pressure water blasting provides an efficient and cost-effective method for removal of surface coatings while eliminating the need for chemical abrasives.
- Fast and Efficient
- No Chemical Abrasives
- Suitable for Confined Spaces
Applications: Air Heaters, Boilers, Heat Exchangers, Internal & External Hulls, Factories, Graffiti Removal, Tanks, Digesters, Concrete Floors, Columns & Towers, Pipe & Tubes, Footpaths, Buildings.
Concrete Degradation Remediation
High Pressure Water blasting can remove concrete beyond the affected area and clear the adjacent reinforcement to allow treatment to reform concrete integrity.
- Expose Affected Areas
- Minimise Structural Damage
- Suitable for Difficult Access Areas
Applications: Bridges, Wharfs, Piers.
Pipe Cleaning & Maintenance
Our high pressure water jet systems are capable of cleaning pipes from 12mm diameter through to 1 metre diameter.
- Fast and Efficient
- Minimal Site Impact
- Restores Pipe to Full Capacity
Applications: Storm Water Drains, Sewage Pipes, Manufacturing and Factory Pipes.
- Removes all wet and dry waste
- Fast and Efficient
- Suitable for Limited Access Sites
- Environmentally Safe
Applications: Sludge Removal, Spillages, Pits, Quarries, Conveyors, Concrete, Slurries, Woodchips, Liquid Waste, Tanks, Sewage, Clays, Soil, Drains.
Hydro Excavation & Trenching
Used as a viable precise and efficient form of excavating it minimises damage attributed to excavations undertaken by metal buckets and blades. Because pressures can be applied that are tailored specifically to site characteristics it also eliminates the risk of damage to underground services or tree roots or disturbance of existing foundations. Because heavy tracked plant is not used the topographical footprint is significant reduced therefore lessening environmental impacts on the site
- Reduced Noise Pollution
- Less Backfill Required
Applications: Slot Trenching, Post Hole Digging, Optic Fibre Exposure.
Meet the Team
Ray Rigby – Director Allan Rigby - Managing Director Daniel Rigby - Project Manager
For more information about AR Specialised Services Pty Ltd, go to their website: https://arservices.com.au/
Meet a Board Member – Peter Bradford
Director / Master Water Blaster
Starting out as an apprentice painter and decorator with the Port of Melbourne Authority I developed an interest in Industrial Coatings and process. A few years went by before I worked for McElligott Partners as a Project Manager and Estimator.
Having little exposure to High Pressure Water Jetting I started with Barry Bros. about 2005 and quickly found interest in High Pressure Water Jetting. This interest drew me to industrial shutdowns and hydro demolition projects.
Finishing up with Barry Bros/Toxfree (I always considered myself a BB person) in 2010 and a short stint with Kembla Watertech I established Aqua Prep in January 2012 to automate and engineer better solutions for clients with a focus on offering a safer, faster, and more efficient way to do things.
I like to find the answers to a diverse range of problems with recognition of this innovation as a finalist in the 2015 Worksafe Victoria Awards for “Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue” see video below.
Our passion and drive has always been to Automate Hydro Demolition and Water Jetting systems where ever possible take the operator away from the high pressure water end.
I am proud to say Aqua Prep’s successes have been brought about by our failures and we keep on learning. Five years of research and development, including mistakes, disappointments, and wins along the way have given us the Water Treatment Plant for recycling hydro demo water.
Water Treatment Plant
Outside of work I have 2 boys and a 20 something step kid and my much better half Elaine, who is a communications specialist....
I enjoy but often not very good at Golf being a member at Sandhurst. The boys and I like fishing and our four square games are getting closer (no I don’t like to let them win, lol) and more competitive.
Phone: 03 9588 0361
Mobile: 0468 388 751
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