How to minimise back injuries caused by heavy lifting

What causes back injuries?

Did you know that your back muscles aren’t designed for lifting heavy weights which is why many people suffer from back injuries?
These injuries can cause short term pain to a long-term injury which means a potential recovery period of weeks to months.
Factors such as loading and unloading heavy items and working on uneven surfaces, put you at risk of developing muscular related issues such as lower back pain.
Many jobs fall into the categories of performing these tasks and that’s why the following steps will help you to minimise the impact of heavy lifting:

3 steps you can take to minimise the incidence of back injuries

1. Train yourself on how to handle loads safely
2. Ensure you take regular breaks to reduce physical fatigue
3. Use powered machines that help to reduce or eliminate the risk
Makinex Construction Products are passionate about inventing and manufacturing products that provide professional contractors and tradespeople with a safer and more efficient way to get their job done.
The Award winning Makinex Powered Hand Truck (PHT) is no exception with the ability to help users lift up to 140kg independently.

To ensure you’re able to lift a huge variety of shapes and sizes, the PHT is available with several attachments.

What Makinex Customers say about the PHT

This is what James Allessi, Branch Manager off Kennards Woollara had to say about the Makinex Powered Hand Truck;

“We use the PHT regularly around the branch lifting brick saws, Generators and other small equipment. I used to wake up sore in the mornings with back pain from all the lifting of equipment, and I don’t seem to have that problem anymore now that I use the PHT”.

To learn more about how the Makinex Powered Hand Truck can keep you working safely and efficiently, check out the Makinex PHT Page here or contact Makinex 1300 795 953

6 Tips on how to use a Jackhammer safely and efficiently

Removing tiles is tough work and having the job of breaking them up, is physically demanding.
With some Jackhammers weighing in at 16kg, they are heavy pieces of kit and if you’re operating one for hours at a time your body can take a hammering.
One of the hazards associated with jackhammering is hand and body vibration which lead to a number of health related issues.

What can you do to jackhammer safely?

There are several things you can do to minimise the impact of these hazards:
1. Make sure you have adequate PPE. Non negotiable items include, gloves, boots, safety glasses, ear protection and long pants.
2. Take regular breaks. The Jackhammer is a heavy tool that you need to be in control of. If you’re tired, then you’re ability to control it is compromised
3. Make sure you have adequate training on how to use the jackhammer
4. Check the equipment has no damage to it including air hoses and electrical cords
5. Suppress potentially harmful Silica Dust with a portable constant pressure water unit such as the Makinex Hose 2 Go
6. Have the right equipment.

Who is Makinex?

Makinex Construction Products is a company dedicated to the invention and manufacture of products that help minimise safety issues and maximise efficiency of your operations. Back in 2004 they invented the Jackhammer Trolley.

What is the Jackhammer Trolley?

The Jackhammer Trolley carries most of the weight of the jackhammer while the user positions themselves behind the trolley and pushes it along. It  can be adjusted to 6 different positions and has anti-vibration systems built in to protect the user from the dangers of hand and body vibrations mentioned above.
Users report on been able to do their jobs up to six times faster due to the decrease in operator fatigue provided by the Jackhammer Trolley.

What do customers think of the Jackhammer trolley?

Mark Granger of Buildcore Constructions had this to say from his experience with the Jackhammer Trolley;
“The boys are happy with the setup. The bed is really stuck so will do another pass to remove all the bed. They have done 5 wet rooms and about 130m2 of main floor and could operate all day long.”
By following these simple guidelines and equipping yourself with the right equipment, you will be able to jackhammer safely and efficiently.
To learn more about the Makinex Jackhammer Trolley click here or the Makinex Hose 2 Go click here. Alternatively call Makinex on 1300 795 953.

Operator fatigue reduces safety and efficiency in hard surface cleaning!

Hard surface cleaning is a physically demanding job and can lead to several health-related issues.

Operator fatigue is a major challenge because of the pushing, pulling and lifting of heavy and awkward mechanical equipment. Shift work is commonly associated with cleaning and can exacerbate the feelings of fatigue.

What is the impact of operator fatigue?

Feeling tired can result in reducing your reaction time and a decrease in productivity.

You want to achieve a great result for your client yet you’re feeling tired due to back to back shifts. As a result, your ability to produce a great job maybe limited and so too is the potential positive word of mouth.

To ensure you stay at the top of your game, there are a few strategies which can help mitigate the impact of operator fatigue including;

  1. Take a break – You may save time and money in the short term by not taking a break but using machinery that is tough on your body without regular breaks can lead to substantial problems in the long run
  2. Protect yourself – Head, hearing, eyes and face, hand and foot protection are essential protection items
  3. Thorough training –train employees to make them aware of the potential dangers of pressure cleaning and how to navigate them safely. Don’t rush this process as you run the risk of missing out key pieces of information can lead to mistakes
  4. Machine maintenance and inspections – without a pressure cleaning machine, you can’t do your job so make sure you look after them. In doing so you limit the risk to the operator and those around him. Make sure you schedule in regular service and maintenance checks.

Makinex Construction products are proud of the innovative range of products they’ve have created which assist in managing some key areas of safety and efficiency within the construction industry.

What products help minimise operator fatigue?

One such product is the Makinex Dual Pressure Washer (DPW) which is a hard surfaces pressure cleaner that combines a rotary and wand in the one machine and enables the user to swap between them at the turn of a handle.

The dual functions of the Makinex Dual Pressure Washer enable users to clean a variety of hard surfaces in a safe and efficient manner. The push behind functionality and rubber mounts reduce vibration providing the user with a comfortable and stress-free operating experience.

This is what Scott from Kangaroo Courts Australia had to say about the Makinex DPW;

“The way a court falls means you’re constantly having to swap between the rotary and pressure wand to clear away the dirty water. The fact the Makinex DPW has both functions on the one machine, has enabled to complete the jobs I do 30% faster!”

To learn more about the Makinex Dual Pressure Washer visit: https://www.makinex.com.au/products/dual-pressure-washer-4000psi.

If you follow the tips and advice from the professionals to rest, protect, train and maintain then you will limit your exposure to the potential pitfalls of operator to fatigue and can rest assured you’re doing everything you can to maintain the safety of yourself and those around you.

For more insights on how to work safely and efficiently, download our ebook here

Powered lifting devices help reduce back strain in construction!

Did you know that your back muscles aren’t designed for lifting heavy weights and that’s why so many people are suffering from back injuries?

These injuries can cause short term pain to a long-term injury and can put you in recovery from weeks to months at a time which isn’t ideal!

Loading and unloading of heavy items and working on uneven surfaces will put you at risk of developing muscular related issues such as such as lower back pain.

Many jobs fall into the categories of performing these lifting and loading tasks and that’s by following some simple steps, you will minimise the impact of heavy lifting:

  1. Train yourself on how to handle loads
  2. Ensure you take regular breaks to reduce physical fatigue
  3. Use powered machines that help to reduce or eliminate the risk such as the Makinex Powered Hand Truck.

Makinex Construction Products are passionate about designing and manufacturing products that provide professional contractors and tradespeople with a safer and more efficient way to get their job done.

The Award winning Makinex Powered Hand Truck is no exception with the ability to help users lift up to 140kg on their own! To ensure you’re able to lift a huge variety of shapes and sizes, the PHT is available with several attachments.

This is what James Allessi, Branch Manager off Kennards Woollarah had to say about the Makinex Powered Hand Truck;

We use the PHT regularly around the branch lifting brick saws, Generators and other small equipment. I use to wake up sore in the mornings with back pain from all the lifting of equipment, and I don’t seem to have that problem anymore now that I use the PHT”.

Click here to learn more about how the Makinex Powered Hand Truck can keep you working safely and efficiently in construction.

Alternatively click here for more information on how to stay safe and be efficient in your construction business.

“We have forgotten the lessons” from asbestos!

An article released by ABC News discusses how Silicosis is the biggest lung disease crisis since asbestos.

It features the story of two men who have been struck down with Silicosis and how it affects their day to day lives.

The article highlights what actions you need to take to prevent this disease from harming you.

Read the full story here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-10/stone-cutting-for-kitchen-benchtops-sparks-silicosis-crisis/10357342

Makinex Parallel Box successfully providing power to the concrete grinding and polishing industry!

Overview

Until recently, concrete grinders and polishers only had the choice of Pantech or Trailer Mount generators to power their machines and these options don’t always provide power to where you need it.

Makinex has recently launched the innovative Makinex Parallel Box that works in conjunction with Makinex Generators to provide machines with 20kva to 32kVA of power for where and when you need it.

Problem Solving

A key challenge for work sites can be restricted and/or tight access and large stationary generators don’t have the flexibility to move around to where you need power.

In addition to this, you want to be able to transport and park all your machinery so it’s easily accessible and hence a compact power supply is crucial.

The Makinex Research and Development (R&D) team recognised the industry needed another larger kVA generator option which was compact and portable.

Nathan from Makinex R&D had this to say; “We wanted to create a power source that could service heavy duty equipment. This power source needed to be flexible, be generally less expensive than larger units to buy, transport and store as well as being highly portable.”

This led to the creation of the Makinex Generator range and Makinex Parallel Box.

This video shows how the Makinex Parallel Box combines the power from 10kVA and 16kVA to operate a 3 phase concrete grinder and single phase dust extractor.

 

Commercial photography of Makinex machines and parts for product catalogue

Solution

Makinex Generators are the most compact and portable power supply systems available in today’s market ensuring you have power where and when you need it.

They’re available in 6kVA, 10kVA and 16kVA and contain the revolutionary Magnetic Flux Technology which provides less than 3% harmonic sinewave distortion.

Commercial photography of Makinex machines and parts for product catalogue

The innovative Makinex Parallel Box enables you to combine the power of the Makinex 10kVA and 16kVA generators in any configuration generating between 20-32kVA with any single and/or 3 phase outputs.

Comprehensive field testing with the Makinex Generator range has proven its ability to respond to varying power loads over long periods of time for a range of both large and small machines.

Results

The Makinex Generator range and Makinex Parallel Box provides you with a portable power supply that can withstand variable loads over long-running periods for an extensive range of leading brands.

 

To find out more, contact sales@makinex.com.au or visit us at www.makinex.com.au

Concrete Cutters and Concrete Core Drillers need water!

No water means no concrete cutting!

John Ford Concreting were frustrated with not being able to get a constant pressure water supply for their concrete cutting services when they landed on site. Makinex introduced them to their constant pressure portable water supply unit, the Hose2Go which solved this frustration.

Water was difficult to access when on site

John and his team sometimes found that when they arrived on site, they didn’t have access to a reliable water supply for their concrete cutting tools. Without water, they couldn’t get on with the job of cutting concrete and this meant they wasted a lot of time trying to find a solution.

How can I get a portable water supply?

They decided they needed to find a portable constant pressure water supply unit that provided them with water where and when they need it.

While researching their options they came across the Makinex Hose2Go, a portable water supply unit that provides up to 30 minutes of constant pressure water supply for concrete cutting and coring tools.

John says, “… in addition to ensuring my team are never without water for their tools, the Hose2Go has reduced sludge entering the environment due to the user’s ability to control the water pressure from the Hose2Go. “

John also mentioned the Hose2Go is great for its ability to mitigate silica dust which ensures I have another way of looking after the wellbeing of my team.”

Solution: Portable water supply

So, there you have it:

  1. Portable water supply
  2. Reducing construction waste
  3. and mitigating Silica dust

are three great reasons to use the Hose2Go if you are in the business of concrete cutting and/or core drilling.

Please visit our Hose2Go product page for more details or email us to get a quote or ask a question.

Why suppress concrete dust when cutting or core drilling?

Why suppressing concrete dust is important

Would I be right in assuming that many concrete cutters and core drillers reading this would feel dust is simply part of the game when doing your job?

If it is, I’m sure you’re not alone.

Yet for me, it’s the potential life-threatening implications of concrete dust (Silica) that would make it a top priority for me to change this way of thinking.

What is Silica?

Worksafe QLD recently released a report on Silica and how important it is to manage exposure to it.

This is how they define Silica;

“Silica is present in the aggregate added to concrete, in asphalt, bricks, concrete, concrete and terracotta tiles and pavers, in sandstone and in granite. Small amounts are present in cement. Silica can be released if using power tools to cut fibre cement sheeting. During the cutting, grinding or drilling process, the mineral is broken into fine dust which is referred to as silica dust.”

What is the risk?

As the total dose of Silica increases, so does the risk for developing silicosis, lung cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   Some workers become ill after many years of low exposure levels, while other workers who perform less frequent but high exposure tasks can become ill with a lower cumulative exposure.  Why?  Because a high exposure to silica dust overwhelms the lungs’ defenses and most of the dust settles deep into the lungs which is where it does the most damage.

How can I reduce my exposure to Silica?

 

If you’re exposed to concrete dust as a concrete cutter or core driller, then  there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your ongoing exposure to Silica dust.

  • Contain – keep the dust contained to the area where you’re working
  • Ventilation – when the dust can’t be contained within a certain work space, then provide some form of ventilation system that will prevent it spreading and contaminating other parts of the workplace
  • Suppression – use water to suppress the spread of the dust.

The three steps detailed above are simple guidelines you can follow to maintain the safety of yourself and those who you work with.

For information on how Makinex can help you minimise exposure to Silica dust in your job, contact us or check out the dust suppression tool on our website.

Please ensure you consult with a medical professional to gain advice into your individual circumstances.

Increase workplace efficiency with the Powered Hand Truck!

Discover how Central Steel Build overcame their lifting challenge…

Overview

Central Steel Build is a steel building manufacturer who design and build facilities across a diverse range of residential and commercial applications. These include domestic sheds and garages and offices through to rural and aviation building solutions.

The materials Central Steel Build use to build are bulky, heavy and sometimes difficult to lift where they need them to be and it was this challenge that led them to Makinex Construction Products.

Challenge

The specific challenge that Central Steel Build presented to Makinex was moving 4.8m long web trusses up off a welding jig onto movable trolleys.

They were currently using an overhead crane to perform this task and they wanted a more efficient solution to help them with this so the crane could be used more effectively elsewhere.

Harvey Edmonds from Central Steel Build explains their challenge; “…we had used our overhead cranes to lift trusses. This took up valuable crane operation time, and it limited our work area to the reach of the crane.”

Solution

Makinex demonstrated how their Powered Hand Truck with sling attachment could be used as an alternative lifting solution for the web trusses which range from 3.6 to 6m in length, have an estimated height of 450mm and weigh between 60 – 90kg.

Results

The results are extremely pleasing as the Makinex Powered Hand Truck is able to successfully lift the 4.8m Web Trusses off the welding jig and onto the movable trolleys ready for the next stage in the building and manufacturing process and here is what Central Steel Build had this to say about the results;

“The Makinex Powered Hand Truck has been a great innovation for our workshop. It saves us up to an hour each day in lifting the web tresses which over a period of a year, adds up to substantial time savings.  It’s also enabled us to keep a more flexible work-space to run with no down time waiting on overhead cranes or forklifts and a result we’ve improved our flow and productivity.

Previously, we had used our overhead cranes to lift trusses. This took up valuable crane operation time, and it limited our work area to the reach of the crane. The hand truck solved both of these problems – saving us time, streamlining our flow and ultimately saving us money.”

Check out the video below to see the Powered Hand Truck in action!

Check out Central Steel Build’s gallery of projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Having trouble finding the necessary accessory and spare part?

What is the real cost of your tool or machine breaking down or needing a replacement accessory or spare part to enable you to get the job done?

Have you ever been in a situation where you have been in the middle of a job and you have had to stop to replace or find an accessory or part to enable you to finish?

So frustrating.

But is this where the frustration ends or is it just the beginning?

Do you then have to hunt around to find the right company who can provide you with your needs? This can be a very painful process, especially if you end up finding out there is a substantial lead time to get the part or out of stock issues.

We are all under the pump to get more done in our day than ever before. So when purchasing your tools or machinery, you want to be assured the company you’re buying from can provide and service any additional accessories or spare parts you may have in the future.

At Makinex we ARE the Manufacturer of our products, parts and accessories which means you get the correct part or accessory each and every time without any of the running around.

We’ll even help you fix any problems that may arise as we have a comprehensive servicing department who can turn their hand to pretty much anything!

In addition to the Makinex product range, we are the sole distributor of Cormidi Mini Dumpers! We have a comprehensive range of Cormidi spare parts as well as the capacity to service and repair all Cormidi machines which limits any downtime on the job.

Simply give is a call on 1300 795 953 or email and we’ll have your needs met in no time meaning you can get back to work!

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