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Can-do glaziers win a gong

A machine cobbled together from a mechanic’s engine crane and a boat winch has won Spreyton glass manufacturer, GP Glass, a national award. Faced with the mammoth task of installing 2,500 double-glazed windows weighing 100kg each, the GP team came up with its prize-winning window-lifting device that has piqued the interest of other glaziers around the country. Company Director, Brian Imlach, said his team had to find a way to safely install the large glass panels in a new nine-storey student residence building for the University of Tasmania in Hobart. “It needed to be simple. It needed to be light. It needed to be strong and transportable and disassembled quickly, so we could lift it from floor to floor,” Mr Imlach said. The device was engineered to lift up to 200kg and it eliminated the need to use a harness while working on a building site edge, as a safety gate could be used. “It’s safe, efficient and we can install a lot more windows because there’s not as much strain on our workforce,” Mr Imlach said. The machine won a design award from the Tasmanian Glass and Aluminium Association and subsequently took out the National Safety Award at the Australian Glass and Glazing Association.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

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