Monday, June 18, 2012

Scaffolding specialists provide VIP access to remote areas


With a fleet of more than 40 Isuzu trucks, Pilbara Access dares to go where no other scaffolding company has gone before.

Operating since 2007 and meeting the niche demand for scaffolding and access solutions for the mining, oil and gas industries in the north-west of Australia, Pilbara Access boasts clients including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Leighton Contractors, Transocean and Modec.

The majority of the company's services revolve around accessing remote, hard to reach sites to provide scaffolding services; scaffolding involves constructing temporary support structures made from modular systems, tubes and fittings that are used to support and hold material in the construction or repair of buildings.

Other services include encapsulating, temporary fencing, and rope access. Pilbara Access General Manager, Jim Robinson, said Isuzu trucks are well suited to service the multi-billion dollar industry.

"We understand the intricacies of each project we do, and we need the right equipment and vehicles to deliver a tailored solution that overcomes environment constraints, resource limitations and time demands," Jim said.

"It is this approach, coupled with the experience of the Pilbara Access team, which underpins our company's reputation for innovation, safety and service excellence."

The majority of Isuzu's in the fleet are NPR 250/300s - these have been a favourite of the company since it was founded. The trucks are used for transporting scaffolding material such as tubes, fittings, cages, harness kits and tools as well as workers to various remote mining sites.

With the help of the Major Motors Dealership in Perth, all trucks are fitted with metal tray bodies incorporating roll over protection systems for added safety.

"Our first truck was an Isuzu and it made a great impression on us. Ever since then, we have stuck with Isuzu as nothing beats the brand's quality and reliability," Jim said.

In order to complete projects based in desert and coastal locations, the trucks are expected to handle all types of conditions - especially hot and dusty environments with 40 plus degree temperatures.

According to Pilbara Access, they see no task as being too difficult and are keen to take on the challenging projects that others might baulk at.

The company was recently awarded a contract from Leighton Contractors to supply scaffolding services, equipment and material for the Gorgon LNG Jetty and Marine Structures.

A consortium between Saipem and Leighton Contractors will design, fabricate, construct and commission the LNG jetty at Barrow Island, about 70km off WA's Pilbara coast for the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project. The Gorgon LNG Jetty will be 2.1 kilometres long, making it the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.

Pilbara Access is committed to using the best technical resources available especially when it comes to the research, development and implementation of computer aided drawing (CAD) technology for scaffolding, allowing it to create professional drawings for engineering and construction purposes.

With a growing list of clients, Pilbara Access continues to expand, setting-up offices in Perth, Karratha, Newman, Onslow and Darwin, to better service clients in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

According to Jim, when it comes to his fleet, he looks for something more than just a truck.

"Isuzu not only offers an excellent product, but the service we receive from the Major Motors Dealership is impeccable and prompt," he said.

"As our business expands further, we will definitely continue to add Isuzu trucks to our fleet."

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