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Crocodile idea adds bite to safety device

Gripping image inspires shipyard team's award-winning solution

Published on Jul 19, 2014 7:53 AM
Assistant technical engineer Shamimul Islam Md Rezaul Karim adjusting the c-dile device, which won Jurong Shipyard a prize in the innovation category at the annual Workplace Safety and Health Awards last night. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

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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