In January 2020, we had a full Health and Safety (All Hands) meeting with updates around the hydro-excavating around utilities, specifically gas pipes. Southeys had been a part of the testing phase with Electrix to understand the impact of a range of hydro excavation pressures on gas pipes. It was great to update workers who had contributed to the outcomes, and to share the preliminary findings. It's useful to include our workers in the backend work of developing safer work processes (SOP's)
Practical tests measured the effect of different pressures, starting at 5000 psi to the more common range of 2250-3000. This was done on a range of typical gas pipe coatings. Findings suggested that 1500 PSI does not cause damage on the more vulnerable coatings that protect the pipe lines.
The findings provide a foundation for the safety alert issued by Vector 12 March 2021. This safety alert lists Vectors requirements for hydro excavation around Gas, Electricity and Fiber.
Please see here for the Vector Safety Alert HSA001/21
Southeys is uniquely placed as our dual water blasters are individually adjustable. Having two water blasters enables one to be permanently set and marked at the optimum PSI for utility customers. Alongside having the right equipment for the work, our workers are better prepared from learnings developed at our team meeting. Read here for for a working summary of key tips for work around gas carriers developed at the Toolbox with John McAllister from Electrix Gas, January 2021.
Southeys has put in place a clear considered SOP for workers as a result of this valued work, its great to see innovative and thoughtful processes supported by Electrix Gas and Vector that support safer work for our team.
To keep pace with the increasing demand for Hydro Excavation, Southeys were pleased to appoint Lenny Vertigans as Wellington Regional Manager of Southeys Group. Lenny has demonstrated expertise and business acumen as he joined the team during the challenges presented by Covid 19. Read about Lenny here
Southeys 2020 growth includes establishing a permanent branch in Tauranga led by Carl Addison. We look forward to meeting more local customers and project managers in the Bay of Plenty and contributing to the continued positive growth this region is experiencing.
The Southeys Fleet has expanded with an additional infamous ‘night riders’ hydro-excavator. The super quiet hydros that feature a ‘whisper pack’ that reduces noise emissions by over 50% compared to typical hydro excavators. This recent article in the January 2021 Contractor magazine, talks about how the quieter operations are appreciated by neighbours and communities bordering construction works.
To support organisational growth, Southeys has invested in moving the synchronisation of its fleet and workers to Assignar. This is an online platform that enables us to clearly match our clients requirements with the competencies held, and inductions completed, by our workers.
Special site and task requirements can also be uniquely matched through Assignar. Through advanced features Assignar generates solutions for the time the work is required.
Our health and safety systems were swiftly moved to this App to meet our responsibilities, and continue essential works through Covid 19 levels four and three.
2021 will see more features introduced that we hope people will value. Currently clients are pleased about the availability of real time site and plant checks associated with their sites and the work we are doing. If you would like to know more about Assignar, please use the button below and we will share our experience.
The team from Southeys recently completed their participation in the next level of accreditation with Isnetworld the prequal system managing Downer's health and safety with subcontractors.
The final stage was a face to face interview between the teams as to whether Southey's practice aligns with the workers day to day experience. This process has been invaluable and we thank the team for their participation. Southeys looks forward to the added assurance Ravs Plus provides clients with that Southeys group is committed to Health and Safety for all workers.
We are pleased to announce that Jason Gribble, as a key member of the Southeys team, has been elected to serve on the Auckland Branch Committee of Civil Contractors NZ. Jason looks forward to representing and contributing to discussions that enable the ongoing strengthening of the Hydro Excavation sector. Jason special interest is balancing higher performance, health and safety provisions, and the ability to meet flexible requirements for clients in terms of timing and service provision.
Southey's group were honoured to be nominated for the Westpac Business awards by one of their clients in early June 2019.
“We have worked with Southey’s trucks on multiple occasions and more than often we have had to call them up and get them in to remove truckloads of water from a site. They have a high level of professionalism, nothing is too hard and their staff are friendly and helpful. What originally attracted us to use them was their staff, they are proud to work for Southey’s – proud staff means better service for us. I would like to nominate them for the awards this year and if I can it would be for Employer of the Year and Customer Service Delivery. Cheers.”
We greatly value our working relationships with our clients and were appreciative of the time taken to nominate us. Southeys looks forward to continuing quality relationships with our clients.