Investing in training to deliver better job safety

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Training staff to do their jobs with a full understanding of the task is integral to the Roadside Services and Solutions work delivery philosophy.

This week the Victorian Civil Works team completed two training modules:

– RIIWHS302D Implement Traffic Management Plan

– RIIWHS205D Control Traffic With Stop-Slow Bat

as part of their Certificate III in Civil Construction.

The course is facilitated by the National Skills Institute.

For some of the team members the course provides a refresher of skills and experience previously obtained.

Roadside Managing Director Jared Watkins says: “It is also an opportunity to get the team together and invest in their development and commitment to safety when at work. Safety in the delivery of all work tasks and duties is paramount at Roadside Services and Solutions.”

The work zone perfect partitioned partnership

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Roadside Services and Solutions has developed a new safety perimeter barricade to pedestrian safe and traffic moving freely around work zones. The new bollard and fence separation solution brings new levels of safety around construction sites.

The design incorporates the Enerby Absorbing Bollard (EAB) as the leading impact point and combined with the non-deforming bollards (NDB) they link the separation fence.

The advantage this design and system offers is that there is no need to core drill separate holes for the fence panels because they link together.

A solar flashing light on each NDB creates more visual detection of the hazard and adds an additional night safety feature.

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It’s a straight line for these females operating this rig

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Workplace diversity and gender balance are integral elements of the growing Roadside Services and Solutions workforce.

Roadside Services and Solutions Managing Director Jared Watkins believes the company may be the only one who has a female linemarking rig operator in its team.

Sandy loves her job and was recently appointed a linemarking crew leader. She loved it so much she wanted to be able to learn how to operate the linemarking rig … and she did.

The linemarking crew currently has three female employees. Sandy, Kim and Jordan undertake work in longitudinal linemarking, road marking, cold applied plastic and preformed thermo plastics.

“It’s a very specialised job and it’s pretty tough being out on the roads in all kinds of weather,” Jared Watkins says.

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Roadside Services and Solutions says the company is proud to bring the future of gender diversity and balance to the workplace today.

“Everyone has a part to play in building a gender-balanced world and we recognise this and implement it every day when we are filling roles within our company. It’s by having the best skills from men and women within our company that has been pivotal to our success and delivering the best service and products to our clients,” Jared Watkins says.

Gender balance is key to Roadside service delivery

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Workplace diversity and gender balance are integral elements of the growing Roadside Services and Solutions workforce.
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Roadside Services and Solutions co-founder and Managing Director Jared Watkins celebrates the strong female leadership within both the company’s senior management team and site teams.

Five highly skilled, capable and inspiring women lead Roadside Services and Solutions top five management roles. They represent 50% of Roadside Services senior management team.

Carissa Hames is Roadside Services and Solutions general manager and has been with the company since it launched 10 years ago. Yolanda Torrisi is Executive Manager Corporate Affairs; Catherine Vickers is National Human Resources and Workplace Relations Manager; Georgina Deray is Accounts and Administration Manager and Kangie Frigo is Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Balance for Better and creating a gender-balanced world. Everyone has a part to play, all the time, everywhere. Action is being seen worldwide in all industries where the world expects balance. Where balance does not exist it is noticed and where it does exist it is celebrated.

Jared Watkins says: “I am proud to boast an inclusive culture at Roadside Services. Each of our departments – signs, bollards, guardrail, civils, administration and linemarking have a good representation of female employees and in some cases doing traditionally male-held jobs.”

The linemarking crew currently have three female employees. Sandy, Kim and Jordan undertake work in longitudinal linemarking, road marking, cold applied plastic and preformed thermo plastics.

Linemarking manager Jamie Moxham says Sandy is now a crew leader and through all his extensive years working in linemarking believes she could be the first female to have trained and is now operating a linemarking rig.

Jared Watkins says Roadside Services and Solutions is bringing the future of gender diversity and balance to the workplace today.

“Everyone has a part to play in building a gender-balanced world and we recognise this and implement it every day when we are filling roles within our company. It’s by having the best skills from men and women within our company that has been pivotal to our success and delivering the best service and products to our clients,” Jared Watkins says.

Signs produced in a flash

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It was a race to the finish and working at lightning speed for the team at Roadside Services and Solutions who downed all work to focus on producing three Bushfire Recovery Centre signs for Cardinia Shire Council.

Recent devastating bushfires have significantly affected shire residents. Council staff contacted Roadside Services and Solutions on Tuesday afternoon and requested three information signs to inform residents of the newly established Bushfire Recovery Centre.

Council’s urgency for the signs was evident amid the fire situation they were facing. Within five hours of council phoning to request the signs, Roadside Services had one reflective swing stand sign printed on both sides, measuring 900mmx600mm and two council branded digitally-printed signs measuring 1500mmx450mm produced and ready for delivery to council officers.

Roadside staff further assisted council by personally dropping off the signs at 7am the next morning ready for immediate installation.

Roadside extends all families affected by the bushfires good wishes for a safe return to homes and properties.

Elizabeth construction site safe zone

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The Roadside Services and Solutions crews have been busy installing safety barrier equipment to protect building works between 478-488 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne for CCL Traffic around the ICON Construction site.

The project included the installation of two energy absorbing bollards, 23 non-deforming bollards and 21 workzone screens. The installations were complemented with linemarking works.
Roadside Services crew put ensure construction site safety is paramount for workers and ensuring safe thoroughfares for the public.

Roadside Services and Solutions is proud of its pioneering work partnering with the best safety products and testing them extensively before bringing them to market.

63 bollards at Wittlesea intersection

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You can spy with your little eye, 63 energy absorbing bollards on the new Plenty and Wallan roads intersection at Wittlesea.

Roadside Services and Solutions installed the bollards late last year for Bitumill, which was contracted to complete the road upgrade.

Solar lighting for bollards

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Roadside Services bollards have been fitted with additional safety devices including a solar flashing light for additional security and awareness at night.

These non-deforming bollards and custom fencing screens were installed late last year at the Paragon Apartments in Queen Street, Melbourne where Multiplex was undertaking the works to the building.

Roadside Services continues to innovate its product and service delivery to ensure its bollards meet the highest protection and safety requirements for each site.

Mount Buffalo Elevation Signs

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Cyclists taking the road to Mount Buffalo will now be better informed how far up the mountain they’ve climbed with new road signs manufactured by Roadside Services and Solutions and installed by Regional Roads Victoria.

The signage shows the gradient and length at approximately 5km intervals of the 20km climb starting at the National Park entrance through to the Chalet.
The road is a popular tourist road and part of the 7 Peaks Cycling Challenge.

The signage was developed in collaboration with Tourism North East and Parks Victoria and has received positive feedback for the information provided and how it’s also a reminder to motorists that cyclists may be sharing the road ahead.

Roadside Services and Solutions is proud to be working with Regional Roads Victoria and helping keep all road users better informed.

Non slip application makes tourist paths safer

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Murrindindi Shire has some exceptional tourist destinations including the township of Marysville, Steavenson Falls, Cathedral Range State Park and Eildon Dam.

Infrastructure such as pedestrian foot bridges can get pretty slippery and mossy requiring a non-slip surface paint application.

Roadside Services and Solutions special non-slip paint application was purchased by council to solve the issue which has proved to be very successful and tourists can now enjoy safer walking paths without the risk of slipping.