Scaffolding Safety

Scaffolding and Levels of Safety

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One of the most dangerous types of work in many countries is construction. Scaffolding forms an integral part of construction when we are talking about anything above a single storey building. Although brickies do require scaffolding as well when laying the top few lines of bricks even on a one level house. Building and construction companies make workplace health and safety their foremost priority, and when it comes to scaffolding they always hire a professional to set it all up.

Accidents

The leading cause of injury in the building and construction industry is falling from heights. Working at heights requires some form of protection to minimise the risk of falling. If you are an owner builder or even doing some odd jobs around the house such as cleaning or replacing gutters, you are going to need scaffolding to make the job easier and safer.

Scaffolding, while being an effective measure to prevent falls, has to conform to Australian Work Health Safety Regulations when erected. It’s not the sort of DIY job one would undertake. Professional, licensed scaffolding companies supply, erect, maintain and then dismantle scaffolding for all major jobs in the country.

Timber Flooring

Hidden Treasures – Timber Flooring

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Many years ago, in the 1980’s it was, I purchased my first home in Western Australia. The suburb was up in the Hills area – Greenmount. It was an old timber home, constructed probably circa 1950’s or a tad earlier. One of the main reasons for buying that home was the view. It had spectacular, uninhibited views over Perth. All the floors were jarrah timber flooring. But do you know what? They had all been carpeted over and in the kitchen, believe it or not, they had laid ceramic floor tiles over the jarrah floorboards.

The house even had a name: York House, as it was built on Old York Road. We lived in that home for the next 13 years, raising a family and making home improvements almost every weekend. The yard was half an acre of clay and unforgiving granite boulders. As I played football, the gardening served as a secondary way to keep fit!

Installing a Gazebo

5 Things to Check out Before Installing a Gazebo

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Unlike an attached verandah or patios a gazebo is a free standing structure this means it is not attached to the house, not that it is not attached to anything else. Unless you want to risk it blowing over, it is a good idea to ensure it is attached to something firmly, even if that is the ground on which it stands. Here are 5 things to check up on before you go ahead and build that gazebo.Installing a Gazebo

  • Check the drainage to ensure that the spot you have chosen does not become a pool of water during rainy times. It could be that the lay of the land means it is a natural watercourse or pool. It is also important to find out what kind of soil you have. Some soils hold water while others form a good foundation that drains freely.
Accommodation Safer for Seniors

Ways to Make Your Accommodation Safer for Seniors

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Since Australia has an increasingly older population, it is important for many businesses to ensure their premises are safe for them. A good thing about outdoor furniture is its stability, which makes it ideal for older people, even if you use it inside instead of out.

Business managers or those who design interior space for any business, be it an accountants office, a medical centre or accommodation often don’t think in terms of the age of their clients or guests.

This can be especially true of some hotel or motel rooms where the only seating apart from the beds is high stools that can be difficult for older people to use safely. Many older people get a bit dizzy when they stand or sit and doing so from a stool that does not allow your feet to touch the floor can be quite dangerous.  Older people get much more tired when driving and if they stop overnight, they need to have really comfortable chairs to sit on.

Trouble-Free Removal

A Trouble-Free Removal

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Brilliance Removalists Perth remind us that moving is house is not an easy task. That’s why it’s listed high as being a most stressful activity. It’s not as if you can simply call a removalist and then it all happens smoothly. Some advance planning needs to be completed to make sure all the important stuff is done. By doing a few preparatory jobs it will lessen the stress.

Preliminary Tasks

A checklist or two, some preparation, and a bit of work beforehand will make sure that everything goes off without a serious hitch and the move is stress free. The first thing you need to do is to hire a removalist company that suits your budget and your individual requirements. The company can do all the packing and carting, or, you can pack up your home yourself and even hire your own truck to do it all. Whichever way you decide to go, you should do some costing and work out some logistics in advance so that everything runs smoothly on the day.

Let’s take a look at a few effective things that you can do as part of your plan.

Insurance Cover – Make sure you have enough cover, especially if you own  any valuable antiques or other similar items. Your removalist will probably be able to offer insurance as well, but if not, obtain adequate cover with your insurance company.