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A Friday Note - 24 February 2017

Dear all

After some cooler weather this past week, things are set to heat up for the last week of summer.

SAFETY

We recently signed the DPTI Safety Forum Charter, along with our major contractors, to bring about genuine step changes in safety performance in the South Australian Construction Industry, ensuring that everyone operates at a leading level of safety. 

Safety needs to be a whole-of-organisation priority, all the time and regular updates on safety initiatives will continue to be provided.

  • Safety walks: Since they were initiated in February 2016, over 700 Safety walks have been conducted across directorates, government owned premises and construction work sites. Safety walks engage managers and workers in the process for continuous improvement of safety. I have been lucky enough to do three this week at Darlington, Walkley Heights and the Convention Centre. 
  • Employee safety alert notices: are regularly added to our staff intranet.
  • Safety risk assessments and independent safety auditors: 15 independent safety audits of construction/maintenance projects have been conducted since January last year.
  • Safety and risk workshops: High level safety risk assessment workshops are being conducted with the assistance of skilled safety advisers on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
  • Innovative safety initiatives: Development and testing of an app is underway to assist in the reporting and recording of construction project hazards; development of Outcome Based Performance Measures to assist and guide construction industry in raising safety performance and culture.

Regardless of our continued efforts, challenges are every day, especially on our roads. As of midnight last night, our current road toll this year remains at nine fatalities.

A reminder for those riding to work who access the basement car park at Grenfell Street; this is a confined environment with some risk, so we ask that all cyclists dismount at the top of the ramp and do not ride down. Car drivers please obey the painted arrows, pay attention on the tight corners and stick to speed limits so we can all get home safely.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE

Safety isn’t just a physical concern, it’s our mental health and wellbeing too. Our people will now have the choice of CHG or Converge International for the delivery of employee assistance services, which includes professional short term EAP counselling, critical incident management, manager advice and support and on site walk and talk services. 

TRAM OVERPASS

A report, compiled by consulting engineering firm Aurecon, found the damage to the structure of the pedestrian and cycling path over South Road at Glandore can be attributed to a failure in the design of the path. We responded quickly, commencing immediate work to remove the anti-throw screens on the northern side of the overpass. Development of a design solution to return the cycling and pedestrian path to full working order has also commenced. Thank you to crews who worked through the night to carry out works while minimising disruption to motorists. The shared cycling and pedestrian path remains closed and access points are fenced,  safety and security measures are in place – as always, safety is our highest priority. Access the report here.

WI-FI IMPROVEMENTS

The SA Government’s ‘STATENET’ wireless network is now available for staff using departmental mobile devices. The system allows any SA Government employee to access our Wi-Fi and conversely will give our employees access to Wi-Fi at other agencies as it is progressively rolled out across government. Your default settings will need to be changed to ‘STATENET.'

INFRASTRUCTURE ROADSHOW

We kicked off our infrastructure roadshow in Rundle Mall yesterday – a great opportunity to chat to the community about our state’s infrastructure projects and hear their feedback.

More roadshow events are scheduled through the first half of this year, at various locations across the city. More here.

MetroCARD

Six new metroCARD designs have been released, showing iconic South Australian destinations. The stately designs are sparking a lot of interest amongst the public and is a great initiative for tourism in SA. 

CLIPSAL 500

Clipsal 500 Adelaide is about to roar into town! The first of the road closures are underway, so remember to plan ahead, with a little extra travel time or consider catching public transport. Our Traffic Management Centre will be working with other agencies around the clock in the lead-up to and throughout the event to make sure traffic moves as smoothly as possible. More info on closures here.

WELL DONE

Special mention to our engineers and crew who worked tirelessly to fix a cable fault. The team successfully analysed the fault, completed the root cause analysis and restored the power system.

This time of year is when South Australia truly lives up to its reputation as the Festival State and that means a particularly busy period for our public transport crews and Traffic Management Centre. Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts helping get everyone get to where they need to be.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan

PS – Fringe recommendations: Ukulele Death Squad, Panti Bliss and Tom Gleeson.