Crocodile idea adds bite to safety device
Gripping image inspires shipyard team's award-winning solution
Published on Jul 19, 2014 7:53 AM
Watching a crocodile attacking its prey in a wildlife documentary gave a Jurong Shipyard engineer an award-winning solution to a longstanding safety problem.
Mr Chan Yuan Hua, 26, shared his plan of replicating the reptile's gripping jaw with his colleagues, and the result was the "c-dile".
The circular contraption with eight metal screws or "teeth" can grip on to a piston head and support its weight while workers remove it during maintenance.
"It is so much easier and safer now," said Mr Kelvin Thang, an assistant section manager of the shipyard's HVAC and hydraulics department, and one of the seven colleagues behind the device.
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