Engineering innovators awarded at TMC


Glenn Griffiths and Bob Woodward recognised at Technical and Maintenance Conference’s annual awards night.

Engineering innovators awarded at TMC
Bob Woodward (left) and Glenn Griffiths received their awards in Melbourne on October 28.

 

Two of the transport sector’s previously unsung heroes have been honoured at this year’s Technical and Maintenance Conference in Melbourne.

Fleet maintenance manager for Ron Finemore Transport Glenn Griffiths won the Craig Roseneder Award for Technical and Maintenance Excellence in the Workshop, while engineer Bob Woodward won the Industry Achievement Award for 2014.

The Craig Roseneder Award recognises "exceptional skill and dedication" among Australia’s professional heavy vehicle maintenance workforce, with a focus on innovation, mentoring, and industry involvement.

Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) deputy chairman Martin Toomey says Griffiths epitomises these ideals.

"Glenn continually challenges the safety status quo, developing new equipment such as fifth wheel coupling aids and non-slip access ladder covers to reduce driver injury rates," he says.

"He is [also] dedicated to training the younger generation, with four apprentices currently learning the trade under his guidance."

Griffiths says he is honoured to receive the award, highlighting the team effort that plays out daily across the maintenance division at Ron Finemore Transport.

"We have a strong safety culture and a great record. We know that more than 500 people need to come to work and go home safely at night," he says.

Woodward has also been hailed as an engineering innovator.

The Industry Achievement Award honours those who have developed and implemented new technologies to improve the safety and productivity of the transport industry as a whole.

Chair of the awards judging committee Trevor Martyn says Woodward has done that several times over a 40-year career.

"He was involved in the design of the first Queensland B-double in 1985, developed the concept of the tandem/ tri-axle B-double in 1988 and had significant input into the design of the 19 metre B-double," he says.

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