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2019 Finalist - Ciaran O'Connor (OCON)

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Consultation: 
Irish Australian Business Awards Peoples Choice 2019
Category: 
Young Entrepreneur
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Irish Australian Business Awards Peoples Choice 2019
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To counter the Work Health & Safety risks posed by friable asbestos on our remediation projects on the Western Sydney Airport, OCON installed Negative Air Pressure Filter Systems on our plant and equipment used for handling asbestos materials. The pressure system works by keeping the cabin of mobile plant dust free using a highly effective filter system. It was the installation of these systems that resulted in our award of our initial contract at Western Sydney Airport.


Our clients Asbestos Assessor praised us for going above and beyond industry best practise, and being possibly the first contractor within NSW to use this method.
With Silica Dust now a focus within the industry due to its harmful impacts to the respiratory system, and our business’s potential exposure to the substance, OCON now use the Negative Air Pressure Filter systems on all our rock and concrete breaking activities such as demolition, crushing and screening and hammering. 

 

 

Ciaran under a sponsorship visa, travelled to Australia in January 2011. He started OCON Services in January 2015 following 4 years within the NSW civil construction and plant hire industry. OCON started originally as a plant hire business with Ciaran hiring a machine and Operating it himself on a "WET HIRE basis" however due to Ciaran's excellent work ethic and providing a slick streamline approach this quickly developed into civil construction following major long term contracts awarded from IXOM Chemicals and Caltex Refineries Australia within the first year of operation.

Due to Ciaran's past experience and lessons learned with an economic downturn within Ireland. Ciaran’s vision for OCON has always been to provide an extremely professional service to our clients with no compromise to provide the highest level of bespoke service available, capable of delivering on all requisitions thus ensuring OCON to become a trusted partner to our clients and provide continuity of work to our employees

OCON Services has been growing annually and 2018/19 has been our most successful to date with works awarded on Sydney’s most prestigious projects, an increased client portfolio and a turnover that has more than tripled in the previous couple of years.

Ciaran's hands on approach to obtaining work and building new relationships within multiple Australian business sectors has gained OCON an excellent reputation within Australian circles. Described as the new kid on the block by established construction business professionals Ciaran's motivation and drive will ensure OCON continues to deliver and grow at impressive speed for many years to come.  

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