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Location:Illawarra region NSW

Customer: Evermil Steel Fabrication

Industry: Steel fabricating



Illawarra-based steel fabrication business Evermil has been in operation for over 35 years and is proud of its family ownership. Evermil undertakes high-quality metal fabrication work for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.


The company employs Clay Kelly as a skilled boilermaker to undertake a variety of work. Clay lives with a physical disability and is a wheelchair user following an accident riding bulls 23 years ago, causing an injury to his spine.


His day-to-day tasks include interpreting blueprints, cutting, moulding, and welding metal and steel to fix faults, welding and bolting structures together, and identifying and solving challenges. As a boilermaker, Clay also needs to lift items of various weights and move things around the workshop, and at times he needs to ask his colleagues for assistance.


Seeking funding

Managing director of Evermil, Chris Beck, was keen to find ways to make Clay’s role more accessible and called on colleague Paul Baxendale to undertake research. Paul found JobAccess and the Employment Assistance Fund, and Evermil applied.


The goal was to allow Clay to work autonomously and independently. Clay also had difficulty undertaking some aspects of fabricating tasks using his existing workbench.


Through JobAccess, a workplace assessment was organised to understand Clay’s challenges and requirements at work. As a result, the assessor recommended equipment to support Clay in working more effectively, safely, and efficiently.


The recommendations included a three-dimensional welding table, a perching stool that Clay can sit on to make him more comfortable when working on a job, and a self-propelled electronic scissor lift trolley, supporting Clay to lift things onto his trolley and transport them over to the workbench.


Adapting the workbench

The obvious choice for the 3D workbench was the Demmeler table system because it is precise, adaptable and provides consistency.


Leussink’s Russell Brinkworth visited Evermil and spent time with Clay to understand exactly what he needed to achieve and how a table could be accommodated to provide the best solution. As a result, the Demmeler table was mounted on the scissor lift which allows Clay to work autonomously.


On the Demmeler table, Clay can attach various items to it and adjust its height depending on the job. He can also move the table to different angles, so he can turn it where he needs it, instead of turning sideways or crawling under it. “Essentially Clay can work with the table on a ‘funny angle’, rather than him being on a ‘funny angle’,” said Paul Baxendale.


Clay is also impressed with the versatility of the Demmeler table, “I can lower it down, making it easier, and I can clamp stuff onto it. It has been amazing, it helps me out a lot.


“Not many people in roles like mine get to use a worktable like this. I’m pretty stoked,” said Clay.


This equipment means Clay doesn’t have to get people to get his materials. “He was independent when working on the job but relied on others to get his materials and lift them to his desk,” said Paul. “Now he can pretty much use his self-propelled trolley to get materials, bring them back to his 3D welding table and start working.”


The result

“It is great to see Clay with more freedom at work without having to ask his workmates to help. The equipment means Clay can do his job his way,” said Paul.


Paul commented that working with JobAccess “opened Evermil’s eyes to what is possible” when hiring a diverse workforce and wanting to create an inclusive workplace.


Clay is now taking on more tasks with the help of his equipment. “Clay is a top guy. He can do more tasks now, it’s great to see and makes his job a lot easier,” said Paul.


Leussink’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Stuart Ward said, “We love the opportunity to work with people where we need to think outside the box. It’s awesome to see professional tradespeople fully utilising the skills and experience they have gained over the years.


“The combination of JobAccess funding, Evermil’s commitment to its employees, and the Leussink technology and support have come together to achieve this,” said Stuart.


The Demmeler 3D workbench and welding table is a versatile jig and fixturing system for all types of welding and fabrication work.


Leussink has extensive experience in the design and production of a wide range of bespoke equipment and solves engineering problems for companies across a wide range of industries. Visit www.leussink.com.au to learn more about our products and services or call us on 02 4260 777 for a quote.