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'Tarzans with smartphones' help RIS scale new heights

Australian height safety provider, Roofsafe Industrial Safety (RIS), has completed the construction of the Ardent Leisure concept in Gold Coast's Skypoint Climb with the help of its modern-day high rise construction team "Tarzans with smartphones".

RIS equipped skilled rope swinging construction riggers with the ability to receive smartphone or laptop instructions sent from a specially written Web-based software programme called Syncron, which allows workers on field and in remote locations to downloaded information instantly through the use of smartphones or PCs and access it wherever and whenever needed.

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Some of its other features include: customisable security levels to individual specific operations and usage, as well as access by any person -- from senior management or site supervisor to the individual on site.

The completion of the concept has enabled the Skypoint Climb to nab the 2012 New Tourism Development award, making it eligible for the upcoming National Tourism Awards.

The Syncron safety program was recognised by SkyPoint commercial operations general manager, Paul Callander, following the announcement of SkyPoint Climb as the annual award winner for New Tourism Development at the recent Queensland Tourism Awards Gala dinner.

Callander said Ardent Leisure selected RIS to build Australia's highest tourist climb only after talking to several major construction companies who were keen to take on the challenge.

"We realised we had to find a suitable partner that possessed both the technical competence to design and build the structure, and place a large emphasis on safety, given construction workers were required to hang off ropes and harnesses 270 meters above ground," he said.

Callander claimed Ardent proceeded with the implementation of the RIS Syncron process as it represented a different approach to both safety and statutory compliance that was comprehensive, efficient and practical.

According to RIS managing director, Michael Bermejo, the project was a "perfect fit" for its Syncron Safety System.

"The team at RIS were confident that the Syncron system was the only way that Ardent's standards and requirements could be met on this complex project because of the extensive development work we had already undertaken over the years," Bermejo said.

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