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Ways Construction Contractors Can Minimise the Risks of Vehicle Related Accidents

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Health and safety should be at the core of every construction business, whether you build homes, repair drains or lay asphalt on urban roads. Australia is getting better at protecting at-risk workers in areas like road maintenance, but the 26 construction fatalities in 2015 were far too many. In fact, Australia’s fatality rate for construction workers is twice that of Britain. There have also been high-profile cases where contractors have been sued for big money, such as the Wayne Vickery case. In 2011, Vickery was struck and killed on a Canberra building site by a grader as it was reversing. His employer was found guilty of negligence and fined over AU$80,000. Failing to protect workers from construction vehicles is a major risk for any contractors, but the dangers can be minimised with the right precautions and equipment. Here are some of the most important things contractors can do to keep their staff safe at all times. Maintain Proper Safety Protocols In Vickery’s case, he failed to make eye contact with the driver of the grader. The driver and Vickery should have been aware of each other’s location, but neither followed the company’s safety procedures. Simple measures like this can be the difference between workers returning home safely and families experiencing tragic losses, so make sure that you reinforce your specific protocols regularly. Every worker needs a proper induction and refresher sessions, and safety information should always be prominently displayed. Purchase Protective Equipment for Workers Vehicle-related construction site fatalities can also be reduced by investing in equipment. For example, in situations where workers on foot will be mingling with heavy equipment, it makes sense to create safe zones where the two are separated. For some lightweight jobs, luminous or shock absorbing barriers may be sufficient, but when heavier vehicles are involved, truck mounted attenuators are essential. Never leave your workers exposed to accidents. Always arrange your work site in a way that keeps human bodies as far away from equipment as possible. Ensure Vehicles are Well-Maintained Separation is important, but keeping your construction vehicles in good shape is just as critical. Inadequate brakes can fail at any time, so stick to a regular maintenance schedule and make the changes needed when mechanics flag them up. Check the couplings between trailers and the connections on your attenuators too. In slippery conditions, attachments can easily become loose and slide into workers. Contact a company like A1 Roadlines Pty. Ltd for advice on attenuator upkeep. Safety should be at the core of everything that construction businesses do, but there is room for improvement in Australia. However, if you maintain your equipment properly, separate workers and vehicles with devices like attenuators and barriers, and enforce your safety protocols, the risks of on-site fatalities will be far...

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3 Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a Pre-owned Forklift

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In ideal circumstances, buying a new forklift featuring the latest technological advancements and no history or wear would be the best option. However, you may be under budgetary constraints and hence are forced to look into buying a used forklift. New equipment comes with certain guarantees of safety and reliability that used equipment doesn’t, so it’s important to do your homework thoroughly and ensure you source the right forklift for sale from the right people. Read on to learn more about this. 1. Consider maintenance costs New machinery will not need any more maintenance than routine lubrication and servicing according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Major breakdowns are unlikely except in cases of neglect, and should they occur, you have a warranty to cover the cost of repair. This is not so for used forklifts, which have more intensive operational maintenance and repair costs. Therefore, when selecting a pre-owned forklift, establishing its history of use will be pivotal to knowing whether your investment is secure. You can ascertain this by requesting for operating, service/maintenance and repair logs to confirm usage, breakdown and repair history. Avoid buying forklifts that were used in non-stop, heavy-duty warehouse scenarios, as these have more use-hours and are more prone to breaking down. Part of maintenance includes availability of parts and service technicians. Choose dealers that have the capacity to maintain/service the forklift after purchase and buy a brand whose parts are readily available. 2. Buy in the right place Buying from an individual is the riskiest decision you can make, particularly if it’s somebody you don’t know. An individual doesn’t have a business reputation to worry about and sometimes will be harder to sue for costs in case something goes awry. They may have no qualms lying about use and repair history just to make the sale. Large forklift fleet-owners can be a good source, and you can get an idea of the kind of work the forklift does by looking at their business. You may also turn to used forklift dealerships, which have a wide selection of used forklifts in various brands. However, the best option for a buyer is certified used forklift dealerships that buy, inspect, and overhaul used forklifts to make the equipment almost as good as new. They are more expensive, but their products are the most trustworthy of the lot. 3. Carry out thorough inspections Bring along your own operator to carry out the test-drive; he/she can assess the forklift’s operation and detect any slippage or binding. Warm up the forklift and look for leaks in the transmission, tile cylinders, radiator, differential and mast cylinders. Use a qualified forklift mechanic to carry out a full inspection, even if you have to foot the cost for this. He/she should have a checklist that includes operation, wear and alignment of parts, oil pressure and safety...

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Five Safety Tips for Parents Who Want to Turn a Shipping Container Into a Playhouse

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A shipping container can make a fun and innovative playhouse for your kids, but before buying one and converting it into a magical space, you need to take a few moments to consider safety elements. Here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind: 1. Consider buying a new shipping container. If you want a container that is completely safe from chemicals or toxins, you may want to buy a new container. Unfortunately, some shipping containers have pesticides along their floors to keep out pests during shipping, and they may also have paint made to reduce rust that is not ideal for children or adults to be around. If you order a new container, you can ask the manufacturer not to add these protections as they simply aren’t necessary for a backyard playhouse. 2. Cover toxins to keep your child safe. If you decide to buy a used shipping container, that can work as well with the right approach. If possible, use any labeling information on the shipping container to contact its manufacturer. Then, if it has any potentially dangerous paint or flooring, simply cover it. To cover pesticides on flooring, place a non breathable underlayment on the floor and cover it with the flooring material of your choice. As it’s a playhouse, have fun with wild colours or textures. For the walls, cover them with insulation and a layer of gypsum board. 3. Insulate and ventilate Whether the walls have paint that worries you or not, you may still want to insulate the shipping container. That helps to keep it cooler in the summer so you don’t have to worry about your children overheating as they play. Also, consider adding ventilation such as windows or air vents. 4. Look for corten steel to minimise rust.   In most cases, shipping containers are built to withstand rust. They often sit on the deck of a boat, frequently coming into contact with salty splashes from the sea, making rust prevention essential. However, if you want extra assurance against rust, look for a shipping container made from corten steel. By minimising the potential for rust, you protect your kids from the potential dangers. In most cases, humans can handle a bit of rust, but if it starts to flake off the walls, it can be inhaled, or if you have toddlers who may try to lick the rusty spots, that can lead to health problems as well. Responses to inhaling or ingesting rust include fever, headaches, nausea and others. 5. Remove all locks. To prevent your children accidentally locking themselves in the playhouse, make sure that you remove all of its locks during the conversion process. This also protects kids from potential bullies in the neighbourhood who may come over and try to lock kids into the container. Now, that the safety tips are out of the way, you can get to work on the fun stuff, setting up the storage container into a playhouse, picking out cool interior items with your kids and letting them just have a good time. Enjoy....

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Tips on Purchasing the Perfect Timber for Your Project

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Buying timber for your deck, floors, shed or other structures isn’t a walk in the park. There are various types of wood in different qualities. The numerous dealers selling timber on the market today make the process of purchasing even harder. To ensure you get good quality wood for your construction or flooring project, here are some valuable tips and factors to consider. Determine the purpose of the timber There are two types of wood used for timber: hardwood and softwood. Hardwood is ideal for high-quality furniture, flooring, exterior decks and dockyards. Types of hardwood include mahogany, oak, teak, maple and walnut. Softwood is suitable in structures for framing, cladding and paneling, flooring and decking. Types of softwood include Douglas fir, pine, cedar, redwood and spruce. Hardwood is usually more durable and more expensive than softwood (though not always!). The type of wood you choose will depend on your purpose for the timber. Buy in form of wooden logs Buying timber that’s in the form of wooden logs is ideal as it is easier to measure. When purchasing, always verify the breadth of the wood with the supplier. Also important is inspecting the timber for holes, lumps, cracks or mildew before purchase. Any timber with these defects will not be durable, and you may be forced to spend more money on the same in future. Avoid colored timber Different types of wood take on various natural colors ranging from light to deep shades of brown. However, some dealers may color or coat wood to take on the color of another type of wood. Avoid buying coated wood as it may be fake or have artificial layers increasing its breadth. You can assess this by lightly scratching its surface with a sharp object. Also, check the ends for any cracks that may be covered with chemical substances. Take an expert along If you are buying wood for the first time, chances of landing on a fraudulent dealer and getting ripped off are high. To avoid this, take along a carpenter or a wood expert when you go shopping. Since they have dealt with different types of wood, carpenters can easily differentiate quality timber from low-quality one at a glance. If you are unsure of your skills in choosing perfect wood, an expert is your best bet at it. The type of timber you choose for your project determines the look, quality and durability of furniture, floors, decks and structures you’re building. With these tips, you can be sure to get quality furniture for your next...

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Considerations When Choosing A Wheelchair Lift

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If you or a member of your family uses a wheelchair, you might be considering having a wheelchair lift fitted into your mobility van.  There are a number of considerations to be made when choosing a suitable wheelchair lift.  Here’s a helpful guide to help you make the right choice. Initial considerations The first thing to consider is how you want to be able to access your van, as this will determine the design of wheelchair lift you will be able to have.  Entry options include: through the side passenger doors through the rear cargo doors This choice and the design of lift you can have will be influenced by the combined weight of the user and their wheelchair.  Single/sliding arm wheelchair lifts Single/sliding arm wheelchair lifts are constructed with one arm in a fixed position or one fixed and one sliding arm.  As such, they are only suitable for use with side entry vehicles. This design reduces the lifting capacity of the device, meaning that they are not suitable for very heavy users.  An advantage of this design is that it does enable the lift to be moved when not in use so that a non-wheelchair user can gain access to the van.  Single/sliding arm lifts also enable you to move or tilt the front passenger seat. Single arm lifts generally take up less room inside the van and leave the passenger entry area open, but this does make them less practical for larger users with large wheelchairs. Dual-arm wheelchair lifts Dual-arm wheelchair lifts tend to be designed with larger, heavier wheelchair users in mind and have a greater lifting capacity.  This is because the lifts have two arms to distribute and support the weight, whilst providing stability.  One drawback of dual-arm designs is that they take up more room inside the van, effectively blocking the side entrance and restricting the movement of the front passenger seat. For these reasons, dual-arm wheelchair lifts are best-suited to rear entry vans. Under-vehicle mounted or internally mounted wheelchair lifts You can choose to have your lift mounted under your van or inside it. Internally mounted lifts tend to be less expensive and are more easily accessible for service or maintenance purposes.  However, they can block or restrict the movement of the front passenger seat and take up space inside the van. UVLs (under-vehicle lifts) do tend to be more pricey to buy, but because they are fitted underneath the van, you’ll have more room inside and the entrance will be left clear.  UVLs generally have a higher weight capacity, making them well-suited for heavier users with larger chairs. UVLs are housed inside special protective casings to protect them from damage by the elements, but this can make maintenance access tricky.  In conclusion As you can see, there’s plenty of food for thought when considering buying a wheelchair lift for your mobility fan.  For more information and to discuss your particular requirements, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your local...

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Living Room Flooring | 3 Considerations When Comparing Between Small And Large Format Tiles For Your Living Room

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If you’ve decided to give your living room floors a refurbished look with new tiles, then you’ve got to decide between classic small format tiles or more modern large format tiles. This guide aims to help you compare the two different types of tiles for your living room. Ease Of Maintenance Maintenance is a key factor in choosing between tiles because cleaning takes up a considerable amount of time. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t mind getting your hands dirty, then both tile formats will suit you just fine. But if you’re the type of person that wants something maintenance-free, then large format tiles win because there’s less grout to blacken and discolour. With fewer joints and grout lines, you’ll find cleaning a breeze, saving you a significant amount of time and energy. To ease your maintenance drastically, you can choose similar coloured tiles and grout for a cohesive appearance with minimal maintenance necessary. Opulent Appeal While you probably don’t pay much attention to the floor tiles in your bedroom, you’ll naturally want your living room to reflect luxurious appeal, especially when you have guests over. While many small format tiles are now designed to offer luxurious charm, large format tiles deliver effortless luxury with minimal lines and joints. The appearance of your living room tiles will ultimately depend on your personal tastes and preferences, but large-format tiles are inherently more luxurious. The best way to ensure a luxurious finish is to create a homogenous appearance between your furniture, floors and walls.  Opening Up Spaces For Smaller Living Rooms Smaller tiles can make a room feel smaller because more grout lines relay the impression of restrictiveness. In comparison, large format tiles offer minimal grout and joint lines to make your living room feel more open and less hampering. If you’re looking to infuse space into your living room, then large format tiles will help you conjure up the illusion of space more vividly. As a general rule, lighter coloured tiles offer a more luxurious finish because they reflect light to open up a room, making it feel more spacious. If you have a large living room already and space isn’t a constraint, then you can easily choose small-format tiles if this style appeals more to your personal taste. If you’re looking to install new flooring for your living room, consider these factors when choosing between small format and large format tiles. Visit Tile Warehouse (Newcastle) Pty Ltd for more information about...

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How To Prepare The Ground For Your New Roll-On Lawn

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When your lawn has suffered through disease or heavy use, it may become necessary to replace it with new roll-on turf.  Although it is possible to kill off an old lawn by using herbicides, doing so could harm other plants growing nearby and may also adversely impact on your new grass if any chemicals are left in the soil.  With this in mind, here are some environmentally-friendly options and tips on how to get rid of your existing lawn to ready the ground for that smart, new roll-on lawn. Smothering Like all plants, grass needs light, water, and air in order to grow.  The simplest method of killing an unwanted lawn is therefore to deny it these essentials for life.  This method works well on any type of grass plant, but for hardier varieties, such as couch, you may need to allow a little longer for the process to be fully-effective. For reasons of practicality, this method is best-suited to smaller areas.  You’ll need tarpaulins of sufficient area to completely cover the grass, sand or soil with which to weigh the tarps down, and large stones or bricks. Take a large, thick tarpaulin and lay it out on the lawn.  If necessary, use further tarps to cover the remainder of the grass, being careful to overlap the edges, so that no light or water can get underneath.   Now spread soil or sand over the tarps to stop any light penetration and to prevent the wind from lifting the tarps’ edges.   Place large stones or bricks around the edges of the tarps to hold them in place.   Leave the tarps in place for around six weeks, or until the grass has died off completely, and then remove them.  The soil or sand that you used can be spread over the dead lawn as a base for the roll-on turf. Excavation A second eco-friendly lawn disposal method is excavation.  If you have a particularly large area to treat, this is probably the easiest strategy to use.  It’s also much quicker than smothering the old lawn, although it can prove expensive, as you’ll need to hire a suitable small digging machine from a tool hire shop for this.  You’ll also need some fresh topsoil or sand. Simply excavate around 10 centimetres from the top of the lawn, so that all the plants’ shallow roots are removed.   Fill-in the vacant space with fresh topsoil or sand. In conclusion If you have an old lawn that requires removal before you can install your new roll-on grass, follow the guidelines above for an eco-friendly solution, and ask your new lawn provider for more tips on ground...

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Domestic High Pressure Washers: Comparing Petrol And Diesel Models

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If you need a high-pressure washer at home, you can either go with an electric of a fuel-powered model. Fuel models run on either diesel or petrol. Although the two are quite similar, they do have certain differences that make them distinct from each other. If you have decided to go with a fuel-powered high-pressure cleaner, this article will help you to choose between the two options by comparing the following factors.  Costs In regards to cost, you have to factor both the cost of procurement and the cost to run the washer. Diesel pressure washers are cheaper in both aspects. They cost less to buy because they have a lower demand ratio compared to petrol models. And because diesel is cheaper than petrol, they are easier to run, i.e. they cost less to fuel and use. Service maintenance costs for both are quite similar as the model differences do not affect this in any big way.  Power            Both petrol and diesel high-pressure cleaners are available in low and high power specs. All you have to do is check the power rating (usually in kW), the flow rate (l/min), and the water pressure (rated in Bar or psi). The higher the rating, the more powerful the unit is. However, considering that diesel fuel is more volatile, diesel pressure washers are more rugged and robust. You are therefore more likely to find high power pressure washer that is diesel powered Noise When it comes to noise, petrol powered pressure washers are quieter. Just like in cars, diesel engines tend to produce more noise due to the volatile combustion cycles in the cylinders. Petrol high pressure washers are therefore more ideal for cleaning indoors or around the house, e.g. cleaning the deck, the door, cars. Etc. In turn, diesel washers are better suited for locations a bit farther from the house. Air pollution Because fuel-powered pressure washers feature combustion engines, they give off exhaust fumes when in use. Petrol engines are better off because they give off little to no fumes at all. However, diesel fuel is denser and produces thin fumes. As such, petrol washers are more ideal for enclosed spaces such as garages and sheds. However, if in use outside, diesel pressure washers are okay to use. If not sure what to go with, talk to a supplier (such as Jetwave Industrial Equipment) to find the best unit for your applications. Remember to also consider other factors such as weight, portability, and water...

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Temporary Fencing Options

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Temporary fences create safe enclosures and barriers. They can be used to protect children from falling into pools, to keep your pets contained or to keep people out of construction sites. Temporary fences come with convenience and cost advantages, as they can easily be installed and removed when not in use. There are different fencing materials to fit your needs. Chain Link Panels These panels are mainly used in industrial, commercial and residential sites. This type of fencing can also be used for crowd control during events. This fencing is made from chain link wire. The wire is fabricated to make panels. Paneling makes them versatile, so they can be installed in different configurations. Chain link panels are installed with the help of free standing platforms. This means that no drilling of holes is required. Removing them is also easy. They are also able to withstand harsh weather. Chain Link Fences Unlike the panels, chain link fences come on wire rolls, which are attached onto poles for support. Chain link roll fencing takes a longer time to install than panels. However, they offer better protection, especially on construction sites. They are preferred by both residential and commercial workers due to their availability, durability and affordability. Another advantage is that they are easy to customize depending on the client’s needs. For instance, a windscreen can be added to minimize visibility on a construction site. This can reduce vandalism on the property, because your working materials are kept out of the public sight. Barricades Barricades are the most common rental fences. They can be used for events such as parades, carnivals and festivals. They can also be used to restrict vehicles from entering constructions. This can help save property from vandalism. Most barricades are made using durable and strong materials such as steel. Bamboo Fences and Stakes These can come in handy if you have just gotten pets, and you need time to construct a permanent fence. Rolled up bamboo, wood or stakes can make a good pet fence. The best thing about stakes and bamboo is that they are buried and not set in concrete. This makes them easy to remove when you are ready to put up a permanent fence. For a farm fence, you can use wire and wood. Plastic Mesh Plastic mesh is light weight and can be made of crosshatched vinyl. Plastic mesh can be used to enclose a play yard for children. Some people use plastic mesh to train their dogs to stay away from flower beds. Once they learn, the fencing is removed. Talk to a company like Aim Hire Pty Ltd for more information on temporary fencing...

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Choosing the Ideal Gutter System for Your Property

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When you desire to achieve excellent results for your home improvement project, the trick is to employ professional building contractors who can make use of quality building supplies. During your construction project, you will need to think about a gutter system, which serves to create a robust channel around your roof’s perimeter to stop the build-up of leaves, water and debris. The ideal gutter system must be able to withstand all sorts of elements. Prior to choosing which system is likely to work best for your home, here are a few categories to ponder. Continuous hanging model This type of gutter system hooks to the frontage of the gutter over the top, or on the internal lip, creating a continuous bridge starting from front to rear end. A continuous punctured tray sits tightly above the gutter. This affords the continuous hanging model further strength and maintains its strong connection to the home. As an incentive, the punctured tray serves as a natural guard against the build-up of leaves and debris. Hanging system Another common gutter system employs the use of spikes or screws and ferrules. As far as spikes and ferrules are concerned, the ferrule is introduced into the gutter system while the spike is inserted through the edge of the gutter as well as the ferrule and serves to hold the system in place. If the gutter system is over or unequally space, it can pull loose from the property during cold, freezing weather so the installation must be performed in a professional manner. Hidden hanger systems As their name implies, hidden hanger systems are veiled from view, lie flat in the gutter system and are spread out away from each other at specific intervals, depending on climatic conditions as well as the overall gutter model. Screws driven through the rear end of the gutter system serves to hold everything in position. Consequently, this robust attachment keeps the whole gutter system stationary to prevent any possible distortion or loosening. From the gutter systems themselves to a host of other building supplies including concrete sleepers, air ducts, railings and so on, quality building supplies on the market come with long-term warranties especially if you shop from a reputable or established building supplies company. No need to despair though, if you are not sure which type of gutter system is suitable for your home improvement project. A reputable building supplies company can eliminate the guesswork out of choosing the best materials that will be ideal for your...

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