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In the course of my apprentice and journeyman years working out of Mackay, I steadily earned what have become essential One Step Splicing & Labour certificates or tickets. A ticket that qualifies me for working at heights, for instance, is often needed in belt splicing installations. The number of specific jobs classified under conveyor management steadily grows year on year.

I hold four tickets which I earned in the course of mastering the belt splicing trade, and these all contribute to the services provided by One Step Splicing & Labour. In fact, they round out our company’s capacity to serve clients. Before you can consider yourself a master of this trade, there is a need to be qualified for work outside of your core skills.

bucket wheel excavator with conveyor and crane
This bucket wheel excavator has conveyors and cranes working in tandem. This is classed among the largest machines used in mining.

Overhead Crane Handling

Cranes are as essential to industrial operations as conveyors, if not more. Under certain circumstances, a belt splicing crew may need one or two of their members as ” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>crane operators. These circumstances may include intangible factors or emergencies on the splicing operations. This ticket is important as cranes often work together with conveyors in mining, quarry, port or construction facilities.

Dogger and Intermediate Rigger

A dogger and rigger is part of a crane crew, especially for heavy duty lifts. This specialist will be right beside a crane and solves blind side problems for the machine driver or operator. Blind sides are not easily addressed, even with advanced monitoring technology, so a human must be there to guide an operator. This is especially needed for transferring or slinging bulk loads secured by rigs, used in the bigger conveyor projects I’ve been involved.

Forklift and Telehandler

For smaller loads or bulk materials that need to be transferred to loading docks, forklifts are the thing. In fact, these smaller lift units are more maneuverable and efficient in handling any number of items to support conveyor operations. A telehandler is a specialised lift unit that has a telescopic mechanical arm that can have jibs, platforms and tynes attached to it. It is useful for a set of jobs a forklift is not able to address.

Work At Heights

This certificate, as mentioned in the introduction, is often a necessity for belt splicers. I’ve worked on some of the biggest conveyor systems in the world, and these often scaled heights in excess of four stories and more. Being qualified to work at heights is a premium for all around belt splicing specialists.

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