Alinta staff stay con­nected with per­sonal safety app

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Staff at Alinta En­ergy’s Wagerup power sta­tion will be the first in Aus­tralia to re­ceive iPhones loaded with a new safety ap­pli­ca­tion de­signed to track worker safety in real time.

Fal­lSafe­tyPro can de­tect falls or downed work­ers, man­age safety check-ins, pro­vide GPS lo­ca­tion and di­rect as­sis­tance in an emer­gency.

Wagerup power sta­tion op­er­a­tions man­ager Jef­frey Ey was los­ing sleep try­ing to make sure his staff were safe when work­ing in high-risk lo­ca­tions and be­gan look­ing for a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion.

“We didn’t have suf­fi­cient work­ing-alone pro­cesses to give me suf­fi­cient com­fort that the guys were OK,” Mr Ey said.

“We have the high­est volt­age in the State at this site and a large gas sup­ply. “The work is safe but there are high-risk ar­eas.”

Mr Ey searched the App store and Google Play but none of the avail­able tech­nol­ogy was suit­able.

Even­tu­ally Mr Ey dis­cov­ered app de­vel­oper and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tidy­ware, Philip Carmichael, who was keen to help find a so­lu­tion. “Past safety tech­nolo­gies have re­quired work­ers to man­age and carry ex­tra de­vices, in ad­di­tion to their tools and phone,” Mr Carmichael said.

“We are pleased to work with a com­pany like Alinta, who makes it a pri­or­ity to pro­tect their em­ploy­ees with smart tech­nol­ogy that can im­prove safety pro­to­cols.”

Fal­lSafe­tyPro has been added to the App Store and will soon be­come the stan­dard safety pro­to­col for all Alinta sites.

Pic­ture: Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Jeff Ey, Paige Col­ley and Chad But­ler put site safety first thanks to the new app.

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