Choosing the Right Height Safety Equipment: 3 Important Things to Consider

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether your employees are working from the rooftop of a multi-storey residential apartment, replacing broken glass in the windows of a skyscraper office building, installing tilt up metal wall panels on business premises or doing any other job requiring them to work at heights, they certainly face potential danger of falling. As you ponder about choosing the best height safety option, here are a few crucial factors that you should consider: Condition of the Job Site Slippery ground surfaces, obstructions, slopes, and traffic can influence the choice of work equipment. For instance, a scissor lift with basket-like cranes can be used to reach high sections of a wall, but personal body arrest systems will have to be provided to protect a worker in case the stability of the lifts is compromised. Therefore, assessing the potential dangers facing employees working at heights can help in the selection of an apt blend of safety equipment. Distance Involved Typically, ladders are suitable for those working at heights near the ground; where the risk of sustaining serious physical injury from falls is minimal. For very great heights, body arrests systems can help falling employees from reaching the ground or other hard surfaces in case of any accidents. However, you should bear in mind that body arrest systems will only work if the deployment distance is less than the fall height so that the user doesn’t reach the ground before the systems can deploy. Level of Flexibility Required Does the project require employees to work at heights from a stationary position or by switching positions? While working from static positions, fall arrest systems anchored on roof trusses or purlins can be used. By fastening lanyards to anchor points that are in turn connected to safety harnesses, workers will be able to work safely at static heights. Such systems are made to provide reliable fall protection for employees who need to change positions while working at heights. For access points that can’t be reached using guardrails, static line systems can be used as an alternative height safety measure. These lines will allow individuals who are wearing safety harnesses to attach a lanyard to an anchor point and move freely. In many cases, falls from heights usually cause bodily harm to employees and, in worst case scenarios, may result in permanent disability or even death. Whatever the case, preventable falls from heights can discredit your business in addition to attracting huge compensation claims from the injured or bereaved parties. Getting the correct safety equipment is tantamount to guaranteeing the safety of people working at...

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Fixing Common Toilet Problems at Home

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is a normal thing for the toilet to misbehave and even create a huge mess at home.  There are numerous problems that your toilet can develop.  Some common problems include running toilets, toilet leakages, tank noises and clogged toilets.  When such problems arise, it is essential to fix the issues immediately. Unlike other home improvement procedures, toilet repairs are tasks that require immediate attention. A household that has a leaking or running toilet generally wastes many resources, such as water and electricity. Luckily, the majority of the toilet problems can easily be fixed without necessarily calling in a professional. Here’s how to identify existing toilet problems and troubleshoot them effectively. Clogged toilets Clogging can make the toilet fail to flush or flush ineffectively. A plunger can be used to unclog the toilet.  However, an ideal tool to use is the plumber’s snake.  Ensure the toilet bowl has enough water before you start to unclog.  If using these tools doesn’t help, then you will have to consult a certified and capable plumber. Often, a toilet fails to flush when there is inadequate water in the tank or a leaking toilet bowl. Tank problems   Common tank problems include strange noises, running water, among others.  Some homeowners may not see the need to manage these problems.  However, the tank noises are irritating and  the running water can escalate your water bill exceedingly. If the tank emits noises, the possible problem could be a faulty ballcock or insufficient water supply.  To fix this issue, install another ballcock assembly or replace the washers. Additionally, top up the water level. Running toilets                          Two things – a leaking flapper or a running overflow tube are the reasons behind a running toilet. Leakages normally happen when the flapper is not positioned properly. When the flapper chain becomes entangled, it reduces the length of the chain, which disorients the flapper seat. Therefore, ensure that the flapper chain is not snagged or twisted and that it is set properly. You require a skilled technician to repair an inefficient flapper.   To fix a running overflow tube, adjust the water level to a ½ an inch beneath the overflow tube. You will have to re-adjust the float assembly if water level is above the overflow tube. If the float assembly is unable to maintain the water at the optimal level required, it is probably defective and requires replacement. Leaking Toilets A leaking toilet is not only challenging to fix, but also it is hard to identify.  A leakage can be caused by condensation. Alternatively, leaks can occur at the flange wax seal, at the water inlet connection or at the bowl-tank connection. Changing the temperature valve or the...

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