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PORTABLE CAMERA IMPROVES SUBMARINE MAINTENANCE SAFETY

PORTABLE CAMERA IMPROVES SUBMARINE MAINTENANCE SAFETY

ASC maintains and upgrades Collins Class submarines and has developed with Portable Safety Cam a confined -space hazard reduction initiative that could prevent serious injury and even save lives.

Working inside a submarine requires access to confined spaces, which means full visibility and audible contact with workers can sometimes be difficult to maintain , increasing the risk to personal safety.

ASC 's solution is to provide workers with portable cameras to use when undertaking maintenance in confined spaces. Images are transmitted to

a sentry stationed outside the space, who can immediately organise assistance if required.

ASC improvement analyst Brenton Hedger says this initiative helps to mitigate the safety risks of working in confined spaces.

"We worked 'Portable Safety Cam' on a prototype system with wireless video and bluetooth audio, which can work together or independently. The camera casings are made of aluminium to cope with the harsh conditions ," Hedger explains.

"In submarine maintenance we use 11 sets of four cameras and an iPad, and the system can also be used to make a remote assessment of an emergency incident before providing help.

"The system is first and foremost about safety," Hedger adds, "but it also allows workers to better communicate with each other, creating greater efficiencies.”

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