The new headquarters of the Australian WorkSafe Victoria is to be constructed on top of a traditional 90-year-old building.
The 14-storey tower will be the tallest building in the port city of Geelong, the second largest city in the Australian State of Victoria.
XSPlatforms will design and manufacture a Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) that will provide safe access to the glass facade of the tower.
The match between WorkSafe and XSPlatforms
WorkSafe, an organization who takes the lead role in the promotion and enforcement of health and safety in Victorian workplaces was committed to ensure that the maintenance of their new headquarters is delivered by a company that is equally committed to safety.
As the only major BMU manufacturer with a proven zero-accident track record, XSPlatforms is involved with a growing number of Australian projects.
When asked how he feels about XSPlatforms being awarded this job, Manuel De Rivero, Manager of BMU Operations in Australia, responds:
“I could not think of any other client for whom safety at work is of greater importance. Being awarded a job by Victoria’s governmental authority for workplace health & safety is an honor and I believe it is a reward for our efforts to make Building Maintenance Units as safe as possible. It’s a great milestone on our way to consolidate XSPlatforms as leading supplier of facade access solutions in the Australian market.”
The XSPlatforms solution
For the glass facade of the new tower at 1 Malop street, XSPlatforms proposed a roof car that traverses along a guiding profile at the roof edge.
This roof car is able to suspend window cleaners inside a gondola in front of the facade at every side of the building. This innovative solution meets the requirements of the tower’s unique architecture.
The XSPlatforms safety standard
The hoisting mechanism of the XSPlatforms solution includes no less than four different brakes, which exceeds safety standards all over the world.
For better distribution of the loads on the roof car, the installation includes two hydraulic luffing cylinders on each side of the jib.
All main functions of the roof car (hoisting, traversing, and slewing) are controlled by special safety systems to prevent sudden movements.
Finally, the ergonomic design of the gondola further contributes to the prevention of workplace incidents; workers don’t have to lean over to the front in order to do their work.
Construction complete in 2018
WorkSafe Victoria will carry out its work to protect Victorian workers from their new headquarters in 2018 when the construction of the building is complete.
We are proud to deliver premium FacadeXS equipment and to be part of this project.
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