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Central Business District Network Work Health and Safety Risk Remediation Program

Central Business District Network Work Health and Safety Risk Remediation Program

The substations, transformer rooms and switch rooms that make up the underground electricity supply network of Adelaide’s CBD contain a number of Work Health and Safety related hazards, and provided significant corporate risk to SA Power Networks.

With hundreds of safety-critical sites, SA Power Networks engaged Nova Systems to assess these locations for hazards, hazard treatment related to the potential of delayed rescue and to provide a priority-based listing of additional work that was required to reduce corporate risk to an acceptable level. In addition to the assessments, Nova Systems personnel walked every escape route (where available) in order to confirm the route provided a valid escape path and also to map the route. This information was used to prepare escape route maps that were installed in each of the 100 asset locations.

Nova utilised its proprietary Field Interactive Risk Management Environment (FIRME) system to facilitate the assessment of each selected asset location. FIRME is an asset access management tool that is used to provide details of each site, including the physical location, a description of the hazards present at each site and emergency contact details in the event of an emergency.

This project resulted in a reduced corporate risk profile for SA Power Networks and a much safer work environment for their workers. This project also highlighted the need for establishing that a proper safety culture is the first and most important step in making meaningful improvements in the on-going safety of the workplace.

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Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Group Chief Strategy & Capability

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible ...

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Strategy, Capability and Marketing functions.  In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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