Bionik AG Boom Gates Playing a Vital Role at Cross River Rail Work Sites
WOOLLOONGABBA STATION PRECINCT | Woollongabba station is one of five new high-capacity Cross River Rail stations expected to be used by over 164,000 passengers daily.
The first full station site to be prepped and ready, Woolloongabba is the engine room of the Cross River Rail project. The two huge boring machines were launched from this site in early 2021 and tunnelled 2.5 half kilometres beneath the Brisbane River and CBD breaking through at Roma Street in August.
The site has been a continuous hive of activity since early works began. Ensuring construction work at this site continues to progress at a fast pace and without incident is vital to the whole project meeting scheduled deadlines.
“There is a lot of big gear so we have to make sure there is a good separation between people and plant to keep people safe on the site”
– Inaki Goni, RIS Area Engineering Manager, Cross River Rail
The key to keeping the works on track is to facilitate unhindered movement of people and heavy equipment in and round the construction site.
DELIVERING SAFE & SECURE ACCESS CONTROL AT CRITICAL LOCATIONS
The Delivery Authority was faced with two safety priorities – keeping its workforce safe and protecting the general public from harm. The solution was to put access control systems in place, both in and around the site, at locations where workers or the public are potentially at risk.
Keeping its workforce safe
Despite being the biggest of the Cross River Rail worksites, excavation, tunnelling and earthmoving works on such a large scale leave little room for contractors to move around the site safely.
To ensure their workers go home safe to their families every day the Delivery Authority implemented a raft of workplace health and safety measures.
One of these initiatives was to install Rotech’s Bionik boom gates at various high-risk locations within the workspace. Operated by long-range transmitters, the boom gates control the flow of internal pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Keeping the public safe
The Woollongabba site is bounded on all sides by busy roads and pedestrian walkways. A busy commercial and residential area means many people and vehicles are moving around the worksite perimeter.
To protect passers-by from haulage trucks and other heavy traffic moving in and out of the site the Delivery Authority installed Bionik AG pedestrian access gates at the three site entries at Main, Vulture and Leopard Streets.
EXAMPLE: One of the ways Rotech’s Bionik AG Automatic Boom Gates are being used to keep pedestrians safe at busy entry points the Woollongabba Cross River Rail site.
- The vehicle boom gate across the entry/exit road usually remains closed
- When a vehicle wants to enter or leave the site, the entrance operator activates the gates via a long-range transmitter
- Lights on the top of each pedestrian boom gate positioned on either side of the entrance flash a warning to passers-by
- After 2-3 seconds, the poles on both gates come down across the footpath, preventing people from walking into the path of the exiting vehicle
- Once the pedestrian gates are fully closed, the boom gate at the site entrance opens, allowing the truck through the intersection.
- After the truck clears the safety loop on the entrance road, the boom gate closes again.
BIONIK AG AUTOMATIC BOOM GATES
Ideal for construction sites, the Bionik AG combines intelligent programming, multiple safety features and tough construction to reliably provide safe and secure access control in harsh industrial locations.
The new generation Bionik AG’s unique design offers precise speed control, easily programmed multi-function digital controller and ultra-responsive performance.
Advanced features provide smooth operation, instant reversing, superior safety sensing, tough 100% duty cycle and low power consumption at an affordable price.
Strategically placed warning lights on the top of the boom gate cabinet and the boom pole, loop detectors and 2 safety beams ensure vehicles and pedestrians alike are protected.
The mechanical quality of the Bionik AG is exceptional, with machined steel gears and high-quality bearings. The strong gearbox and self-locking mechanism prevents damage from vandalism as the pole cannot be forced.
The revolutionary brushless motor provides much greater efficiency – allowing up to 4000 operations per day with ultra-low power consumption.
If you would like further information about this or other safety and security solutions call Vince on 07 3250 1123 or email us at email@example.com
References: Information relating to Cross River Rail project activity was sourced from the official State of Queensland website at https://crossriverrail.qld.gov.au – Last Accessed 26 October 2021
Case Study | Warehouse Safety is No Accident
Confectionery manufacturer is not taking any risks with its workers lives
Recognised as one of Australia’s best and safest places to work, a major confectionery manufacturer is vigilant about keeping its employees and visitors safe from workplace hazards.
Increasing throughput from the factory, an expanding workforce and a growing fleet of forklifts travelling through the factory and the warehouse has meant maintaining its excellent record is a constant challenge.
An indispensable piece of equipment for industrial facilities such as warehouses, manufacturing and logistics, forklifts are frequently linked with workplace injuries in these sectors.
Typical activities such as reversing, manoeuvring, turning blind corners and negotiating bottlenecks mean forklifts present the greatest danger of serious injury to workers.
PEOPLE VS FORKLIFTS – ADDRESSING THE ISSUE
The most effective method of reducing accidents in factory and warehouse situations is to keep vehicles and people separate with clearly defined routes for each.
WorkSafe Australia’s Workplace Traffic Management Guide offers a range of measures for managing identified risks. These include delineating areas using floor markings, traffic directions, signed walkways and guide rails which provide visual cues and warnings for workers.
However, it is not possible to eliminate interactions between pedestrians and vehicles altogether. While signage and barriers are effective at keeping workers and forklifts within their designated traffic zones, intersections and crossings pose a high risk of a collision or accident.
Using automated gate configurations to manage access in shared forklift/pedestrian zones provides an additional layer of protection. To cross a shared intersection a worker must activate a switch to close the boom gates and open the pedestrian swing gates before they can proceed across the walkway. After crossing safely, the worker activates another switch which automatically closes the swing gates and raises the boom poles to allow the forklifts access.
Warehouse Safety Gates in Action
- Pedestrian swing gates normally remain closed and the boom gates open, allowing forklift traffic to move freely around the warehouse
- To cross pedestrians wave their hand across a touchless activation switch.
- The boom gates close preventing access by any vehicular traffic and the swing gates open to allow the pedestrians to proceed through the shared zone.
- Once the pedestrian has crossed they swipe the button on the other side.
- The swing gates close behind the pedestrian and the boom gates are automatically raised allowing access for the vehicular traffic again.
WORKPLACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT – MAKING IT WORK
After purchasing automatic pedestrian swing gates from us previously, factory management was confident Rotech’s products would more than meet their requirements.
Impressed with the performance of our Bulwark HB Automatic Swing Gates in the past, these were the logical choice to manage pedestrian access to shared zones in the factory and warehouse thoroughfares.
Frequency of use, advanced safety features and tough construction made our industrial Bionik AG boom gates ideally suited for managing forklift access through these areas.
Using SafePass S-Wave touchless activation switches to operate the gates offered the best solution. Small enough to be mounted on the barrier rails, they feature low interference infrared technology that provides contactless activation, in keeping with the factory’s hygiene policies.
MORE ABOUT ROTECH PRODUCTS USED FOR THIS SAFETY SOLUTION
BIONIK AG 3-8 METRE AUTOMATIC BOOM GATE
Warning lights on the top of the boom gate cabinet and the boom pole activate to warn any incoming forklift operator to be cautious and aware the gate is moving.
Suited to industrial applications, the Bionik AG operates reliably for up to 5,000 operations per day. Its 3mm thick reinforced cabinet, heavy-duty springs and a boom pole with internal braces makes it tough and durable. Advanced features provide smooth operation, tough 100% duty cycle and low power consumption.
Digital thinking technology: The AG’s unique design offers precise speed control, easily programmed multi-function digital controller and ultra-responsive performance.
Superior safety sensing: The motor design allows instant reversing of the boom pole if any safety devices are activated, or the pole is obstructed.
BULWARK HB AUTOMATIC SWING GATES
A fast opening swing gate the Bulwark allows pedestrians to pass through quickly while a number of in-built safety mechanisms ensure the highest levels of safety.
Tough: The extremely strong 6 mm steel housing ensures protection against abuse and damage from knocks.
Versatile: The gate can be operated using touchless sensors, push buttons, remote control, PE beam or roof-mounted radar.
Safe: The Bulwark HB’s electronic safety sensing is very effective when an obstruction is sensed the gate stops. In the event of an emergency, the gate arm can be manually pushed open and an alarm will sound.
SAFEPASS S-WAVE INFRARED MINI ACTIVATION SWITCH
The SafePass S-Wave is a compact mini design, waterproof, low voltage touchless activation switch featuring adjustable range and sensitivity.
Widely used in commercial, industrial and public areas the S-wave can be mounted just about anywhere making it suitable for most access control situations.
The S-Wave offers 100,000 hours of no interference performance, an in-built microcontroller with a power-on self-testing function.
Whether it is a food manufacturing facility or a hospital – Rotech has been at the forefront of innovating new ways to create efficient access control solutions for virtually any situation. For more information about our products Alan us (07) 3205 1123 or email us