Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2012
47 CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION Have your say on this story. Visit http://goo.gl/eHUYu to comment on this article. K9-KUBE shifts sheep The K9-Kube is not only used for safely moving stray dogs, but has also helped shi stock like goats and sheep from country roads. Darren Rovere from Swan Hill Rural City Council says those in the industry will know that once you li one heavy sheep your arms won't normally be able to li a second straightaway. With the K9-Kube, the process is made easier, faster and safer. The process eliminates the need to li the sheep both into the vehicle and over the fence, and ensures it is placed safely back in the paddock. Step 1:Lower the K9-Kube and secure the sheep in the compartment. Step 2:Sliding doors slide shut and the sheep is secured inside. Step 3:Once at destination, lower the K9-Kube to the level of the fence. Step 4:Open the sliding door and the sheep simply jumps out over the fence. would have to physically lift the animal from the ground and, if it didn’t want to be lifted, the dog would become distressed and therefore put the handler at risk of hurting their back or even being bitten.” for these reasons, authorised offcers were previously required to operate in pairs. now, the K9-Kube enables a single offcer to perform the task of collecting a dog in a safe manner, leading to an increase in council productivity. “One offcer can go out on any day and lift any animal, from a Jack russell to a sheep, from the ground to the back of the ute,” rovere adds. “And because you can lower the device to the ground, it’s defnitely a more humane way of moving animals.” ensuring the safety of both the animals and the handlers was the project’s key objective. Manager of Corporate Operations at Swan Hill rural City Council, Pat Ahern, says lengthy discussions surrounding occupational health and safety issues took place during the development of the K9-Kube. “There was a lot of discussion between ourselves and our offcers to get this project off the ground,” he says. “These discussions, which involved identifying key features required as well as minimising risk to both staff and animals, were then passed on to the manufacturers at CJM Attachments.” These key requirements included being able to contain the animal and lift it from ground level for transport, and for the doors to slide and lock automatically. Jeff Sibley from CJM Attachments says the equipment is very easy to use and has certainly improved the safety of the council’s employees. “The unit comes fully self-contained and is easily installed to the tray of a single or twin cab one-ton utility,” he says. “Basically, you plug it in and away it goes and because it can be safely used by one person, it’s also saving people’s time.” Some of the safety features include external hazard lights, a beeper system so people know it’s in use and easy push-button control panel that requires both hands, eliminating any risk of limbs getting caught in the moving parts. The K9-Kube is proving to be a great success and has since been purchased by two other councils. Several others are currently showing interest in the product. ••• One o cer can go out on any day and li any animal, from a Jack Russell to a sheep, from the ground to the back of the ute. The K9-Kube has eliminated manual loading of the dogs and other animals.
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