Portable safety Cam (PSC) was established in 2010 in Newcastle NSW. PSC developed the first Australian Confined Space Observation system after being approached by a Hunter based engineering company wanting to find a method to visually monitor their workers in confined spaces in the mining industry.
PSC designed a state of the art camera surveillance system specifically to observe workers in confined spaces. The Confined Space Camera Observation System consists of high definition cameras, which enable a "spotter" to maintain visual contact with up to four workers on a monitoring screen. The system uses unique and patented components, many of which are manufactured in the Newcastle area.
Portable Safety Cam's Confined Space Observation System exceeds the current Confined Spaces Code of Practice October 2018 WHS Regulation 69, 4.6 Communication and Safety Monitoring.
Prior to PSC's innovative Confined Space Observation System, it was not always possible to have visual contact with workers. The system not only provides an additional level of safety and security for the worker; it also has the capability of significantly reducing production and maintenance costs. Several companies including UGL, Monadelphous Group, Baker & Farrow and Hastings Deering have used the Confined Space.
Observation Systems are used in the mining industry for shutdown maintenance and construction of draglines. Port Waratah Coal Services and Tomago Aluminium have also used the system for the purpose of fault-finding in their processes. Mobil's Altona Refinery & BP Refinery Kwinana have utlisied our Confined Space Observation System in their maintenance programs.
In 2013, the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) trialled the Confined Space Observation System during the maintenance program for the Collins Class Submarines. The trial indicated that the existing hard-wired system was not suitable for ASC's requirements, and they worked with PSC to develop a wireless camera system. This innovative system has its own power source eliminating the need for cables to run video signals and power the system. It also improved ease of access to the submarine workspaces, through being more compact than the existing hard-wired system.
This wireless system, developed by PSC in conjunction with ASC, won the 2014 Commcare Work Health and Safety Award - Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Hazard.
PSC is proud to have ASC and ASC AWD (Australian Warfare Destroyers) as clients, and in winning the HMA Board Award at the 2015 Hunter Manufacturing Awards along with a Highly Commended in the Excellence in Technology category.
Portable Safety Cam's Confined Space Observation System exceeds the current Confined Spaces Code of Practice February 2014 Regulation 69, 5.7 Communication and Safety Monitoring.
Portable Safety Cam was initially developed for the open cut mining industry approx 7 years ago in NSW, Australia. It was first used as a tool to observe workers in the tub of draglines conducting hot works (grinding, welding etc) during shutdown periods It has since been used in the following industries and applications;
- Fault Finding
- Ship Building