|“Bonarius” hinged rear access step
|Several incidents of damage had occurred to the rear access steps of loading shovels when stockpiles were being ‘pushed up’. One of the mobile plant fitters, Brian Bonarius offered suggestions on how this could be improved.
The access steps that were being damaged were not regular access steps and were only used for routine servicing or maintenance. A step was therefore devised that could be locked in a raised position after maintenance and easily unlocked and lowered when required.
The cost of this measure was minimal and the steps no longer sustain damage when the loading shovel is pushing up stockpiles.