Get­ting the safe edge

Scaf­fold­ing, guard rail and plat­form safety in FNQ

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PRO­VID­ING a safe work­place is an im­per­a­tive for Australian em­ploy­ers.

Digby Crowther, the founder and direc­tor of NQ Edge Pro­tec­tion, a scaf­fold­ing, guard rail and work plat­form com­pany, has been pro­vid­ing safety so­lu­tions for those work­ing at heights since 1998.

NQ Edge Pro­tec­tion de­liv­ers safety equip­ment for thou­sands of Australian con­struc­tion work­ers from its branches in Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and Bris­bane and in do­ing so ser­vices a ge­o­graph­i­cal area rang­ing from the Gold Coast to the Tor­res Strait.

“We of­fer the best prices, best ser­vice and best gear and that sums up what you’ve got to do to be suc­cess­ful in our in­dus­try,” Mr Crowther said.

“Our stand­out at­tribute is our ser­vice, which is why we only choose Isuzus.

“They’ve never bro­ken down and are sup­ported by Isuzu Ser­vice Agree­ments for our fleet of 11, soon to be 12, Isuzu NQR long wheel­base mod­els.

“The ser­vice agree­ments have sim­pli­fied our ve­hi­cle man­age­ment. It means we have a fixed price each month that we can fore­cast in our bud­gets, which as­sists our cash flow man­age­ment, and their flex­i­bil­ity means we can ser­vice them at any Isuzu deal­er­ship.”

The Isuzu NQR 87-190 has a GVM of 8.7 tonnes and its Euro V rated four cylin­der 16 valve sin­gle over­head cam diesel en­gine pro­vides 140kW of power at 2600rpm and pro­duces an im­pres­sive 513Nm of torque in a rev band that ex­tends from 1600 to 2600rpm.

“The torque on these trucks is excellent for their size,” Digby said.

“Climb­ing hills with a full load re­quires min­i­mal down shift­ing and that’s a huge ad­van­tage.

“We’ve also no­ticed fuel con­sump­tion con­sis­tency ir­re­spec­tive of the load be­ing car­ried. Lightly or fully loaded, con­sump­tion is much the same.

“They all have highly cus­tomised, pur­pose-built alu­minium tray bod­ies to carry our edge pro­tec­tion sys­tems and scaf­fold­ing

❝We

of­fer the best prices, best ser­vice and best gear...

— Digby Crowther

equip­ment, which makes our day to day busi­ness more ef­fi­cient.

“They’re easy to drive; chang­ing gears in the full syn­chro­nised gear­box is much like a reg­u­lar car, and the turn­ing cir­cle is sur­pris­ingly tight.

NQ Edge Pro­tec­tion has a re­quire­ment to meet tight dead­lines over most of Queens­land, Digby said.

“If we don’t get to a job on time we’re go­ing to have an un­happy customer.”

Two NQR 87-190s from the NQ Edge Pro­tec­tion fleet.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

PRO­TECTED SPECIES: One of NQ Edge Pro­tec­tion Isuzu NQR 87-190

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