HEIGHT SAFETY GEAR

January 31, 2017

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An ex-carpenter has told LINQ Height Safety Gear how inadequate safety procedures resulted in a fall from a roof that left him with severe spinal injuries and quadriplegia.

In 1991 David Crawford had the world at his feet. A budding professional surfer who regularly competed in Hawaii and a keen soccer player, he never imagined that a simple job on suburban Sydney home would change his life.

“It was 3pm on Wed 10th April 1991. A section of the roof that I was standing on gave way underneath me and I fell 4.8 metres and fractured my neck at C6 and C7,” he said, adding that he was not wearing a harness and his warnings to his boss about the structural integrity of the roof he was on had gone unheeded.

“I also suffered a stab wound to my forearm where the wood chisel went to the bone, while my claw hammer dug deep into my lower right back, damaging my kidney.”

David was rushed to Royal North Shore hospital for emergency surgery on his spine and other injuries.

“I woke in intensive care. I had no movement from the shoulders down and no sensation from the chest down. I was terrified.”

His first thoughts were how he was going to continue living. He was now totally reliant on nursing staff and family for everything, from feeding to bathing.

Speak and Listen:

David’s accident resulted from a design flaw in the scillion roof he was working on.

“The rafters were not structurally connected to the beam and while I had pointed that out to the architect and builder, they told me to build the roof as per the original design,” he said.

Resultantly, David pleads with workers to speak up about safety, and for management to listen.

“I spoke up but my concerns were not heard and it cost me my life, my legs, my hand

Safety Mindset:

Height safety equipment was virtually non-existent on domestic sites back in 1991, according to David, with his accident and subsequent insurance battle leading to stricter domestic fall protection standards.

Despite this, he said there is still a complete disregard for personal safety on many sites, particularly smaller ones, but also on some larger sites.

“Guys have this mindset that ‘it will never happen to me’.”

However statistics show otherwise. Every single day, some 21 Australians suffer serious injuries from a fall at work and require a week or more off – with six weeks off being the average. 21 people. Every, single, day.

“I constantly see guys standing on roofs without harnesses. I see plumbers erecting cleaning gutters. I see tradesmen hanging over the edges. They have no fall protection, no harnesses, nothing,” David said, adding that many tradespeople only have a harness in the ute to avoid a fine from Workcover.

“Well the harness is not going to help you unless you’re actually wearing it,” he exclaimed.

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BISLEY INSECT REPELLENT WORKWEAR

January 10, 2017

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Insect bites can not only be painful or itchy, they can also cause disease. Bisley offers workwear with a unique Permethrin Insect Protection treatment that stays effective for up to 100 washes.

– Superior protection against insect bites, including mosquitoes, ticks, lice and bed bugs
– Protection for up to 100 washes
– 100% knock down rates after contact up to approximately 72 minutes
– No repetition of treatment necessary
– We recommend that exposed skin not covered by Bisley Insect Protection garments should be protected by an approved insect repellent

Insects and their transmittable diseases:

• Mosquitoes transmit malaria, dengue fever or yellow fever
• Fleas host encephalitis germs as well as agents of other diseases
• Ticks transmit lyme borreliosis
• Tsetse flies transmit sleeping sickness
• Sand flies can transmit leishmaniasis

ASBESTOS AWARENESS

November 1, 2016

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November is Asbestos Awareness Month and 21 – 25, 2016 is Asbestos Awareness Week. The month and associated events are focused on encouraging Australians to protect themselves and their staff or families from exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres.

Asbestos kills over 100 people every year in Australia and the dangers are ever-present as materials degrade and old properties are demolished or renovated, often releasing asbestos fibres which are known to cause the deadly cancer, mesothelioma.

Asbestos was commonly used in construction until 1987 and was not restricted to fibro housing. It can be found in one of three Australian homes, anywhere from cement floors, walls, ceilings, fences, sheds, as building insulation, around pipes and buried in the ground by previous builders.

According to CEO of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Peter Tighe, 97 per cent of asbestos in Australia is non-friable – meaning that it is bonded with an agent such as cement and so may not be immediately dangerous.

However some materials are up to 50 years’ old and are degrading. “The bonding agent breaks down and once that happens you can have a situation where the asbestos fibres become friable if they haven’t been treated and managed properly,” Tighe said.

Friable asbestos is any material containing asbestos that is in the form of a powder or can be crumbled by hand pressure. “Air blowing past friable asbestos will disrupt the fibres,” Tighe added.

He stated that any demolition or other disturbance of either friable or non-friable asbestos was fraught with danger. “If you drill or cut bonded asbestos that’s when it releases fibres into the air,” he said, adding that sledgehammers and hammers are particularly dangerous.

The removal of more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos (or spending more than one hour in any seven day period) requires a trained specialist with a Class B asbestos removal licence while the removal of any amount of friable asbestos requires a Class A licence.

If you do decide to remove 10 square metres or less of non-friable asbestos, you absolutely must take every precaution possible urges Product Development Manager of ProChoice Safety Gear, Brad Rodgers.

“The big one is respiratory,” he said, saying ProChoice’s Half Mask Respirator with P2 Filters would offer the required protection in most cases of non-friable asbestos handling, as would disposable P1 or P2 rated masks.

“The fit of the respirator is critical to ensure you are protected and it should have an airtight fit. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to check the fit of the respirator,” Rodgers added.

“Cover as much of the body as possible, specifically the head: eyes, ears, nose. Use a disposable coverall with Type 5 particle protection and a chemical style of glove that has a full seal against particle transfer.” “All your clothing has to be disposed of after use,” Rodgers added.

Asbestos waste can only be disposed of using an Asbestos Control Plan that eliminates the release of airborne asbestos fibres. Asbestos material must be kept wet to reduce fibre release and stored in double-layered 0.2mm polythene sheeting or bags labelled “CAUTION ASBESTOS” and disposed of at designated locations.

Mesothelioma:

If you do ingest asbestos fibres they can remain there, seeding mesothelioma, a cancer that develops in the lungs between 20 and 50 years later.

“If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma it is a death sentence. Once a tumour starts they are very very aggressive,” Tighe said.

If you are diagnosed, you can expect to have around 10-12 months to live.

As the Asbestos Awareness Month website says, people need to stop playing Renovation Roulette, it is not worth the risk.

The site offers a 20 point asbestos safety check.
www.asbestosawareness.com.au
www.asbestossafety.gov.au

ADVANCE ANTI-SLIP SURFACES

July 27, 2016

The Ideal solution for preventing costly accidents in slippery areas.

STAIR PRODUCTS – STAIR CAPPINGS AND NOSING.

Advance Anti-Slip Stair Capping and Nosing with the Bull Nose turn down are a metal backed product
with a high solids heavy duty Anti-slip surface designed for application in slippery or hazardous areas to provide firm
footing, even after heavy spillage or soilage.

Advance Anti-slip Stair Cappings and Nosing with the Bull Nose turn down provide more surface area contact on the ledging edge, for a firmer
footing and causes less wear to the Stair Capping and Nosing.

Stair Capping and Nosings can be produced to suit any type of stair area that can be slippery, harzardous and dangerous.

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SURFACE PRODUCTS – SAFEPLATES

Advance Anti-Slip Safeplates are a flat metal backed product with a high solids heavy duty Antislip surface designed for application in slippery
or harzardous areas to provide firm footing, even after heavy spillage and soilage.

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POLARISED LENSES

July 25, 2016

Polarised safety sunglasses greatly reduce glare allowing for you to spot workplace hazards easier.

How Polarised Lenses Work
Light Travels and vibrates in all directions. Polarised light vibrates in a horizontal direction, parallel to the surface it is refracting off, eg. water, road, car bonnet.

Polarised safety sunglasses utilise the physics of light by setting polarising filters in a vertical direction, meaning only light vibrating vertically can pass through the filter.
The reflected polarised light is blocked out, which significantly reduces glare and improves visibility on site which allows you to spot workplace hazards before an incident occurs.

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•Matt Black frame
•Polarised Flash Silver Lens
•Medium impact
•Anti- scratch, anti-fog coating
•lightweight polycarbonate frame with gloss finish
•99.9% UV protection for outdoor wear
•Qty/Box – Individually Sold
•Qty/Carton – 144

Contact The Work Warehouse for all sales enquiries – 02 9638 0086.

Winter Warmers, Jackets, Vests, Beanies, Socks

May 5, 2016

STEALTH – NEW HYBRID QUILTED VEST – Biz Collection
Fabric:
Front Body 100% Quilted Nylon Ripstop. Back: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane Stretch Bonded Fleect
Insulation: 100% Hi-Loft Polyfill.
Features:
Insulated quilting on chest front for lightweight warmth. Contrast front zipper and pockets.
Stand up collar with chin guard.
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NITRO JACKET – CONTRAST PANEL JACKET – Biz Collection
Fabric Outer: 100% Nylon – PU Coated Performance fabric.
Body Lining: 100% Polyester micro fleece. Sleeve Lining: 100% Polyester.

Features: Contrast panels with piping. Concealed hood with 2 way zip and storm flap. Internal pocket. Front right chest with audio port access.
zipper access for embroidery.
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BAMBOO WORK SOCK – JB’S WEAR
Bamboo is naturally odour resistant, highly absorbent, antifungal and antibacterial with the additional benefits of being biodegradable and eco friendly.
Single wrap packed on a hook hanger. Colours Navy, Olive, Orange, Yellow. Sizes 6-10, 11-14.
80% Bamboo, 20% Nylon. Full terry sock. Single Hanger Pack
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BEANIES
Cable Knit Beanies
100% Acrylic – Colours – Black, Charcoal, Navy and Stone.
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April 20, 2016

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STOCK CLEARANCE SALE AT THE WORK WAREHOUSE PTY. LTD.
Up to 50% off all stock items and an extra 10% if you mention this BLOG !!!.
Hurry now while stock lasts!!!

Bisley Flex & Move Range

April 4, 2016

Flex and Move Mechanical Stretch Shirt – Code 6133
* Reinforced contrast shoulder patches and 3M Piping.
*Contrast arm pen pocket.
* Reinforced contrast pocket patches.
*Contoured two piece sleeve.
Made to move with you, with distinctive stretch fabrics, Flex and Move offer two tone, reinforced design for wear and tear. So you feel like yourself – relaxed – even
in the toughest situations. The Flex and Move range includes shirts, pants and shorts.

Flex and Move Stretch Pant BPC6130
*Curved waistband with 7 belt loops
*D riing front RHS
*Stretch back thigh panel
*Contrast Stitching
*Engineered, double layered knee
*Polyester Oxford with antistatic yarn
*Cotton canvas
*Boot hem cut out cuff
*Contoured back shaped panel.
*Reinforced contrast hem cuff.

NSW Rail Compliant Shirt

March 9, 2016

MAXCOOL SHIRT

NSW Rail Compliant Shirt with 100 Wash Tape *Complies with AS/NZS1906.4:2010 and high visibility standard AS?NZS 4602. 1:2011, class Day/Night Safety Garment, suitable for Day & Night use. Class NF Non-Fluorescent Material. *Twin needle stitching and pockets, side and underarm seams for added durability. *UPF50+ Lightweight 155gsm cotton twill. * Underarm, wider shoulder venting and longer vertical back venting. *Garment sizing in XS to 4XL, 6XL. Product Code is : VRLSNTCXOR.

Max Comfort – extra venting for extra cooling. * Max Safety – Biomotion taping for extra safety. * Max Value – Longer wearing 100 wash tape, high durability tape.

Full Body Harness

March 9, 2016

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The full body harness forms an important part of your personal protection equipment (PPE). Fully body harnesses come in a variety of configurations to suit different applications but all are designed to distribute fall arrest forces over the thighs, pelvis, chest and shoulders. The All-purpose full body harness is for a wide variety of industrial applications including Construction, Confined space, Elevated work platforms, roofing and more. * Constructed from lightweight UV resistant webbing. *Fall arrest rated frontal attachment loops and rear D-ring. *Adjustable leg pads for ergonomic comfort. * Newly designed, wear resistant, card package protects harness information and inspection default. * Unique impact