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Paul Patten, Fulton Hogan Industries

Winner of 2017 Queensland Safe Work Awards

Category two – Best individual contribution to work health and safety

Paul Patten is Fulton Hogan's SEQ workshop manager. He is responsible for the management and maintenance of 130 pieces of mobile plant and four fixed asphalt plants, as well as fixed and mobile plant in the quarry business for Fulton Hogan. Paul's contributions to work health and safety include:

  • a cost effective and innovative solution that locks-out an item of plant and won't allow it to start without a verification of competency card/fob recognition
  • a 'load alert' system that eliminates overloading trucks by measuring the air pressure in the air bag suspension and activating a series of lights on the side of the tailgate to notify the spotter, loader or profiler when the load has reached the limit
  • designing and engineering an improved 'lab core ute' that optimises safety and functionality, and lowers the stress impact on the staff
  • improving the safe handling of hot asphalt with an automated 'open and close' system to eliminate the risk of injury when opening and closing the hot box
  • addressing and reducing musculoskeletal injury risks onsite.

Lab coring ute lowers the stress impact on staff.
Lab coring ute lowers the stress impact on staff