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Do you know your Inspection Obligations for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms?

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) are versatile items of Plant that can be used in a variety of applications. These items of Plant are designed with the intention of lifting people and have the possibility of causing serious injury or death if not operated or maintained in a safe manner. Mobile EWPs shall be designed, manufactured, tested and inspected in accordance with AS1418.1: 2002 and AS1418.10:2011 and operated and maintained in accordance with AS2550.1:2011 and AS2550.10:2006. All mobile EWPs must undergo pre-operational inspections, routine ... Read more

Do you know the difference between SWL / WLL / MRC and when they should be used?

The term safe working load (SWL) has been the cornerstone of engineering, particularly with regard to load carrying equipment, for many years. It was generally considered to be the minimum breaking load of a component divided by an appropriate factor of safety giving a ‘safe’ load that could be lifted or be carried. In Australia the use of Safe Working Load (SWL) for cranes, hoists and winches was universally used throughout all industries and referenced in legislation and the Australian Standards. The Wikipedia ... Read more

Your Classified Plant obligations under MSIR 1995 – Pneumatic Press Filters

Additional notes to Mines Safety Bulletin No 125 - Pneumatic Press Filters Written by AME Operations Manager, Steve Ansell. Following on from the Department of Mines and Petroluem's Mines Safety Bulletin No 125, issued on 24 September 2015, it's imperative to acknowledge that all pressure equipment has the potential to harm personnel or damage other equipment. It’s worth noting that the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 (MSIR 1995) state by definition that any pressure vessel is classified plant and therefore needs to ... Read more

Pressure Vessels: What requires regular statutory inspection?

The Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations (MSIR 1995) provide comprehensive guidelines for the inspection and safety of plant, however they are often misinterpreted, which could mean your site has been left non-compliant. One such commonly misinterpreted and incorrectly applied inspection regulation is that of the time period between statutory inspections of Air and Gas Receivers. The question: Do Air or Gas Receiver’s less than 150 litres need Statutory Inspections? The Regulations The Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations (MSIR 1995) states in Regulation 6.40 (1) that ... Read more

Trevor Hughes: Our Chartered Professional Engineer

Our Managing Director Trevor Hughes has recently reconfirmed his status as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), an extremely highly regarded standard of professionalism within the industry. Assessed and reviewed by regulatory body Engineers Australia, the CPEng status is a significant achievement and coincides with another significant achievement, as Trevor celebrates his ninth year with AME! Since Asset Management Engineers was established in September 2006, Trevor has utilised his extensive knowledge and experience as a Chartered Professional Engineer to turn AME into the industry leader it is today. The internationally recognised CPEng status ... Read more

AME inspectors go global

AME inspectors go global AME once again headed overseas after confirming a new contract with global resources company Mining and Minerals Group (MMG). Asset Management Engineers provides services for Classified Plant Inspections at the Sepon mining operations in Southern Laos. The contract commenced in September 2015 with two experienced Inspectors visiting Laos to begin inspections at the open-pit copper and former gold mine. Managing Director and experienced engineer Trevor Hughes says the contract is another exciting step in the right direction for AME. “It’s always a great opportunity ... Read more

Are you operating machinery with cracked ball studs?

What is the current state of your truck ball studs? How do you know? Heavy earth moving machinery such as Off Highway Dump Trucks contain ball studs which are components in the steering linkages vital to the safety of the vehicle. If these ball studs were to crack or break during operation and remain undetected, the failure could lead to loss of control of the vehicle causing costly heavy equipment damage and subsequent downtime, or at worst, serious injury or fatalities. Incidents that could occur ... Read more

Are your Statutory and Itinerant Classified Plant Record Books compliant?

You may have Classified Plant Record Books, but are they set up correctly? AME have become aware that whilst some sites are improving on maintaining plant records – the record books themselves are not always compliant with industry standards. By law, under Reg 6.40(2) of the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations, inspections of registerable classified plant must be recorded in a classified plant record book kept for that purpose at the minesite. The details of the inspection, including the date of the inspection and ... Read more

What is Root Cause Analysis (RCA)?

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is an inspection technique performed to identify all the contributing factors in an incident and determine the root cause for why a failure occurred. AME have a simple but very effective methodology for determining the actual root cause of an incident. Whilst identifying and fixing the failure that has led to an incident is necessary, isolating the root cause is essential to preventing reoccurrence. Jumping to conclusions without further detailed Root Cause Analysis can prove very costly in ... Read more

Case Study: Classified Plant Inspection

AME’s Plant Inspectors are highly experienced and competent in conducting statutory inspections in line with the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations (MSIR 1995) and relevant Australian Standards. In this case study, AME Inspector Wayne Carter recently performed a Classified Plant Inspection at a gas turbine power station to ensure compliance with classified plant requirements at the site prior to the commencement of operation. Download the case study for more information on the scope of work, regulations and plant involved. Download For more information on ... Read more
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