Mining contractor Macmahon Holdings has implemented a new
iPad-based compliance system to carry out its heavy equipment inspections and
ChekRite is an iPad-based App developed specifically for the
mining industry as an easy-to-use, low-cost alternative to paper-based
checklists for inspecting mobile and fixed assets.
The app was conceived and designed in Australia as a
flexible, easy-to-use and highly secure system to ensure that all asset
maintenance requirements are fully met.
Over the past few months, Macmahon has been evaluating
ChekRite at its mining operations at Christmas Creek and Tropicana in Western
Australia, and Waihi in New Zealand.
In early November, Macmahon formally signed up with ChekRite
and is now using it for equipment inspections across the three sites, with
further expansion in the coming months.
During the evaluation phase, Macmahon used ChekRite for
pre-starts and inspections of mobile equipment including dozers, dump trucks,
water carts, service trucks, loaders, graders, excavators, drills, light
vehicles and lighting equipment – covering over 50 different types of
MacMahon has also started to look at using ChekRite for
inspections of fixed assets, such as workshops and overhead cranes, as well as
Take 5s and other safety inspections.
Macmahon general manager Peter Truscott said ChekRite
delivered significant improvements in inspection times and ease of data
“Implementing ChekRite has given Macmahon unprecedented
access to real time information on the condition of our mining assets and
significantly reduced the amount of paper work and administration on site,” he said.
“ChekRite’s ease of use, immediate capture of all inspection
data, ability to ensure compliance with legislative and company requirements,
and convenience has seen it get strong buy-in throughout Macmahon, from
operators and fitters, to workshop managers, and through to senior company
management. We are looking forward to expanding our use of ChekRite
beyond pre-start inspections and services to cover many other processes that
are currently paper-based, helping us to further ensure compliance, increase
consistency and reduce costs."
“We see ChekRite as an important contributor to our
commitment to the highest standards of safety and health,” Truscott said.
ChekRite director Jordan Millar said the system was
specifically designed to provide an easy-to-use, customisable interface for any
organisation that needs to regularly check or inspect equipment or facilities,
as well as maintain a complete audit and compliance trail.
“With ChekRite, we use Apple’s highly secure iOS iPad
technology to ensure each inspection is carried out completely and consistently
each time,” he said.
“Data from each inspection is uploaded automatically to a
secure server for immediate and permanent access for auditing, compliance,
management and analysis requirements.”
Millar said that previously, regular equipment inspections
and checks had required the use of paper-based checklists.
“As anyone who’s done these inspections knows, they are
time-consuming and prone to misinterpretation, illegibility, misplacement,
damage, and so on – and that’s before dealing with the issue of how to capture
and retain the data for future access.
“Paper-based checklists also typically result in very high
levels of user frustration, tying up service personnel and management in
“In contrast, ChekRite provides a consistent, reliable
inspection and audit trail, ensuring a complete record of the condition of
equipment and facilities condition, along with their maintenance and service
“And it can significantly reduce the time required to carry
out equipment/facilities inspections and the subsequent processing of that
data,” Millar said.
ChekRite was designed from the start to be infinitely
customisable to just about any kind of equipment or facility to ensure it is
safe, and ready to be operated or used.
All data recorded during the checking process is kept in a
highly secure Tier 4 data centre in Australia for immediate access by the
Apart from being a permanent record of the maintenance
activities for each equipment item for compliance purposes, ChekRite-generated
data can be used for analysing trends, keeping track of repair and maintenance
costs, and many other fleet management requirements.