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Department of Transport and Main Roads – RoadTek branch, Brisbane

Category two – Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue

Department of Transport and Main Roads - RoadTek branch regularly conducts timber bridge inspections as part of its role in managing structures across the Queensland road network.

They found that when a block was placed under the headstock when 'jacking' a bridge, the block could shift or split if not restrained in any way. The risk increases as the length of the pile splice and height above ground level increases.

The jack encapsulation system - Never Ever Dead (NED) was developed to contain the jack and prevent it from separating from the jacking timber or the top plate. NED features:

  • screws that lock the NED to the jacking timber
  • lifting handles to allow the placement of the NED over the jacking timber
  • safety chains that are placed over the headstocks
  • removable front pins to allow the placement of the jack into the NED.

As well as reducing this risk, NED has revitalised the crew's proactive safety focus and increased productivity by reducing set up times.

Department of Transport and Main Roads – RoadTek Branch, Brisbane
The team at Department of Transport and Main Roads - RoadTek branch