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Prefabricated modular plumbing is a new, innovative way to fit plumbing hardware. Page 18

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Spill over

Spill containment is a responsibility not Rally star Simon Evans show that to be taken lightly

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CONTENTS July-September 2022

About us The store listed on the front of this magazine is a member of the Construction Supply Specialist Group. While the majority of your work will be conducted with your local CSS Member, this store is part of a national network of stores that can provide you with exceptional service and support wherever you may be working in Australia. For more store locations, visit www.constructionsupply.com.au.

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It’s a family affair

Australian rally star Simon Evans has passed his love of car racing down to his children.

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04. Welcome

06. News Jobs in Victoria; safety first; leadership at Canteen; new utes; and more…

14. Profile The investment and innovation needed to address Australia’s affordable housing crisis.

18. Tech talk Why prefabricated modular plumbing is a real game changer.

22. Members in action The crowing achievement of No.1 Roofing and Building Supplies

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26. Supplier profile David Irvine waxes lyrical about family business, Caprice Paper.

28. Business Precautions contractors can take should their employer go into administration.

30. Technical Spill management and containment is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

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40. F.A.T. Mag fun Crosswords and more PLUS Supplier editorials

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WELCOME

20 good years—and it’s just the beginning! First of May, 2022 was the official 20th anniversary of the CSS Group so we have been up and about and quietly celebrating this significant milestone. It has been a hectic 20 years that has seen the group, and most of its members and listed suppliers, enjoy sustained growth through developing meaningful partnerships with each other. It has been a very good journey to this point. At the time of writing this intro note, the CSS Group has 74 sensational members, who between them have 107 branches around the country. We have 134 listed supplier partners who work closely with us to make sure all CSS members can supply their customers with quality products, at competitive prices, as and when they are required. I can also tell you that, as this article is being written, we are in negotiation with several potential new members who are finding out about the advantages of joining the CSS team and becoming part of our continuing success story that permeates the Construction, Industrial, Engineering, Mining, Infrastructure and Agricultural market segments throughout Australia. It is still astonishing to me that a little over 20 years ago, an idea was 4 CSS F.A.T. MAG

hatched on a beach in southern New South Wales that has ended up as an enterprise that helps look after the industry position of so many independently owned and operated industrial supply house operations. While the four foundation members have moved on as a result of acquisition by larger entities, CSS is a thriving concern, made up of hardworking, smart thinking, small business entrepreneurs who deliver great product, service and support to so many trades people across the country. From Darwin to Hobart, Port Hedland to Newcastle and all points in between, there is a CSS member not too far away—or at least in a position to be able to help you with your requirements. A few interesting facts from 2002 ... l Apple released its second-generation IPod, with a whopping 20GB of storage space. (Exceptional!) l The Sanyo SCP-5300 became the first ever mobile phone to have a built-in camera in it. (Privacy gone.) l Ben Affleck named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. (Miracles do happen.) l The Osbournes premiered on MTV (What was that all about?) l CSS was officially launched on 1

May, 2002 and operated from a single, residential garage in outer Melbourne. Now, in amongst that lot, there are a couple of reasons why the world might never be the same again. Anyway, Happy Birthday to CSS and congratulations on turning 20. Thank you all for your support of the F.A.T. Mag and for supporting the CSS member you received this issue from. As we have said many times before, small business in Australia amounts to big business when you put it all together and this country would be lost without it. The current 74 members of CSS have a collective turnover that some corporates would be envious of. They employ hundreds of people, contribute to their local communities, and offer good old fashioned service, support and fellowship to all of their customers and this is probably a key reason why you support them. We salute you for that. Here’s hoping that the best of your last 12 months will be the worst that you can expect going forward and our run through to Christmas is just sensational. (Sorry to do that, but it will be here quick enough!!) Jeff Wellard


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International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has introduced robotics technology into constructing Murdoch University’s Building 360 in a world-first trial, in collaboration with major partners Murdoch University and University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The building is set to become Western Australia’s largest massengineered-timber (MET) building upon completion. Conceptualised by Aurecon, the robots have been uniquely designed by UTS researchers to deliver cumbersome screw fixings. This task can cause fatigue and injury in workers given the repetitive and labourintensive nature of this work. A technology-rich building to accommodate up to 60 per cent of the university’s teaching requirements, Building 360 will be a demonstration of Murdoch’s commitment to sustainability, aiming for a 6 Star Green Star rating once complete. Aurecon’s managing director, Built Environment Australia, Tim Spies, said the pilot robotics project with Murdoch University and UTS showed

that by thinking more innovatively the timber industry could lead the way in improving project outcomes across the broader construction industry. “The project’s immediate objective is focused on proof of concept, to demonstrate the robot’s capability of installing screw fixings in an accurate manner,” said Spies. “The long-term objective is to prove that the modular nature of timber construction will benefit from the automation of some onsite construction activity, helping to increase productivity, reduce cost, improve workers’ OH&S, and advance innovation in the construction industry.” Distinguished Professor of the

Big Build Is hiring Victoria’s Big Build is hiring. To help more Victorians get into work, the government is delivering 300 new building and construction sector apprenticeships and traineeships across Victoria by mid-2023. Through Jobs Victoria, 300 Victorians will have the opportunity to undertake on-the-job training as the Labor Government works to meet industry demands and continue progress on Big Build and major infrastructure projects. “This program is providing great opportunities for people from all walks of life to pick up the tools and enter a 6 CSS F.A.T. MAG

dynamic and highly-skilled industry,” said Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford. Career opportunities range from plumbing, electrical and engineering to civil construction, work health and safety, project management and more. With an ‘earn and learn’ model, recruits can start working and earn an income from day one while training to build their skills for a new career— gaining an accredited qualification through TAFE or other registered training organisations. Women and people from diverse backgrounds will play a key role in

UTS Robotics Institute, Dikai Liu, said intelligent robots are changing construction. “Construction sites are varied, complex and changing—and that can be a real challenge for a robot to navigate and conduct operations such as drilling a screw into the right position,” Professor Liu said. “What we have been able to design is an intelligent robot that can focus on an important task even amidst this disruptive environment.” There are around 200,000 to 300,000 screw fixings on the Building 360 construction site and the robots have been trialled installing approximately 50 to 100 fixings as part of the proof of concept. 

addressing skilled labour shortages in construction. Women currently represent just 11.6 per cent of the industry’s workforce and will be prioritised for 180 of the roles on offer. People under 25, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally diverse backgrounds, those facing long term unemployment are also strongly encouraged to apply for the roles. The two-year program is being delivered by Apprenticeships Victoria and the Apprenticeship Employment Network. The initiative is supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund, creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs in sectors where they’re needed most. 

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Safety reminder as regional construction booms

WorkSafe is reminding employers and tradies across regional Victoria to put safety first as construction activity continues to ramp up across the state. WorkSafe accepted 772 claims from construction workers in the regions in 2021, an increase on the 715 claims in 2020 and 654 in 2019. Tragically, three construction workers lost their lives due to workplace incidents in regional Victoria last year. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows a 52 per cent rise in building approvals in rural and regional Victoria last financial year to 18,072 in 2020/2021. Demand has continued into this financial year, with 9882 building approvals in regional Victoria from 1 July 2021 to 28 February 2022. WorkSafe executive director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said it was

important that employers and workers maintained a strong focus on safety, even as the sector faced increasing demands and challenges. “Every worker has the right to get home safe at the end of the day, and yet each year, hundreds of construction workers across rural and regional Victoria are injured at work,” Beer said. “We know that the industry continues to face pressure on supply and building material costs, as well as a shortage of qualified tradies to keep up with high

demand, but it’s imperative that safety remains a priority for employers and workers.” Falls from heights, contact with electricity, being hit by powered plant, structural collapses and trenching incidents are among the most common serious injury and fatality incidents in construction. Body stress (35.9 per cent), falls, trips and slips (28.8 per cent) and being hit by a moving object (22.8 per cent) were the leading causes of injuries among regional construction workers in 2021. 

MATES gets grant to target FIFO workers Leading industry suicide prevention charity MATES in Construction is the sole recipient of a $6 million Australian Government Department of Health grant, targeting FIFO (fly-in-fly-out)/DIDO (drivein-drive-out) workers. The grant aims to improve the mental health and suicide prevention of workers within industries with a high male presence such as mining and construction. Over the span of two years, the ‘Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - Support for FIFO and DIDO Workers Grant’ will enable MATES in Construction and its MATES in Mining division to deliver increased specialised mental health support and suicide

prevention services; in addition to early access to mental health treatments for workers. The opportunity was driven by research from the Education and Health Standing Committee (2015) on FIFO mental health and concerns raised by families, which found that FIFO workers are at greater risk of mental illness. MATES in Construction National CEO Chris Lockwood said he welcomed the grant and the opportunity for the charity to focus further on this demographic of workers at risk. “FIFO/DIDO workers face unique challenges and associated mental health and wellbeing implications that

accompany this lifestyle. We know our workers have higher than average rates of anxiety and depression, experience higher rates of suicidal intent, and are more likely to have poor mental health. “We are well placed to build on our existing work around the issues facing FIFO/DIDO workers. We have the experience and a well-established footprint in this space. We’ll be creating positive, long-term solutions for our workers, their communities and workplaces going forward.”  If you need support MATES 24/7 Helpline on 1300 642 111 or Lifeline on 131114 CSS F.A.T. MAG 7


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Support—develop—empower: a framework for youth leadership at Canteen By Dr Pandora Patterson, general manager – Research, Policy, & Patient Programs Since Canteen began in 1985, youth leadership has been central to the way we work. It is a core part of our culture and is an ongoing priority in our strategic and operational plans. In fact, you could say youth leadership is part of our DNA—more than half of Canteen’s Board of Directors are young people impacted by cancer. All young people who choose to take up the youth leadership mantle continue to drive the organisation to new heights by guiding Canteen’s work so that the 23,000 young people impacted by cancer each year get the best possible support. We’re proud to be known for authentic engagement of young people as leaders who are valued for their skills, lived experience, passion and play an instrumental role in the achievement of Canteen’s mission. We’re also committed to advocating for and supporting other organisations to incorporate youth leadership in their work. Our most recent published research

Youth leadership is central to the way Canteen works.

on this topic describes how we worked together with our young leaders and staff to build a youth leadership framework that supports, develops and empowers young people to take up and excel in their leadership roles. The consultations that informed

the framework highlighted how our leaders are “the cornerstone of the organisation” and “provide valuable insight”. We’re continuing to evaluate this framework as part of our commitment to ensuring our work represents best practices in youth leadership. 

Stepping into leadership My journey at Canteen started when my mum relapsed with cervical cancer in 2007. The first program I attended was the first time in my life I truly felt like I belonged. When mum passed away in September 2009, after years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eventually hospice care, Canteen and the friends I made became my family. Soon after, when I was just 16 years old, I became a ward of the state and was placed into foster care. During that time, Canteen provided the stability that helped me finish school and get through the tough times I faced. Canteen not only provided me with life-changing support but let me glimpse the person I could be. I became involved in Canteen’s leadership program, and from there I felt like I was kicking goals. I was able to see my value and it motivated me to move forward with my life, despite all the tough times. I’ve heard people say that Canteen is 8 CSS F.A.T. MAG

incredibly innovative by having five of its nine Board positions filled by young people. I agree. But I also think it’s logical and quite right that young people have a seat at the table and drive outcomes for other young people who have been impacted by cancer. Listening to these voices and amplifying them can cut through all the other noise when you’re trying to advocate for things like better cancer care outcomes. Canteen’s leadership program isn’t an ‘added extra’—it’s a critical investment in building the pathway to resilience and coping skills that will last us for the rest of our lives. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for me and I know that whatever challenges are thrown up, I’ll be able to adapt and evolve to overcome obstacle after obstacle. Because that’s what Canteen taught me. Sean Dondas is a policy officer at the Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra. 

Sean Dondas, named the ACT Young Australian of the Year in November 2021 in recognition of his incredible contribution to Canteen as a young leader.

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By Sean Dondas, former Canteen Board director


Ford picks up the pick-up As auto manufacturers around the world rush towards creating variations on electric vehicles, Ford has moved to corner the market in pick-ups this year with the release of the Next-Generation Ranger, and in its partnership with Volkswagen to produce the 2022 Volkswagen Amarok. Ford’s design and engineering teams collaborated with customers around the globe to create a vehicle and ownership experience that Next-Generation Ranger owners can rely on for their businesses, family lives and adventure. “With Ranger, we’ve had a big extended family for decades,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “This truck has always been a trusted partner to small business owners, farmers, families, adventurers, commercial fleets and so many more in over 180 markets around the world.” Customer-centered design led to innovative features throughout the truck, while a relentless testing and engineering program ensured every facet of the Ranger’s versatility was truly built Fordtough. “Our intent was not to simply create a good truck. We wanted to deliver an exceptional one that people would want to own—one that customers around the world could trust to tackle anything,” said Gary Boes, Enterprise Product Line

Management director, Global Trucks. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has been coy about releasing much detail about the new model Amarok. Motoring publication Drive described it as “a twin under the skin to the 2022 Ford Ranger… It will be built in a Ford factory in South Africa and powered by Ford turbo diesel V6 and twin-turbo 2.0-litre engines”. Redefining Versatility Next-Gen Ranger offers an array of organisation and storage solutions to secure cargo, make fitting accessories a cinch and even DIY customisation. For instance, owners can create segmented DIY storage spaces, both big and small, by sliding pieces of wood into slots moulded into the bedliner, or even get creative and build things like a bike rack. There are tie-downs mounted in the bed, and on the Wildtrak variant there are external tie-down rails and sliding cleats that can be adjusted into nine positions to help secure odd-shaped cargo. The new rear load box access step is the result of more than 5000 interviews with pick-up owners, learning how they used their trucks and what they wanted from their next one. “We’ve really packed a lot into the Next-Generation Ranger to inspire owners to do more of what they love to do, with

features that encourage them to explore new horizons,” says Gary Boes, Enterprise Product Line Management director, Global Trucks. Extra Versatility Customers can personalise their NextGen Ranger with a range of as many as 600 factory-backed work, urban and adventure accessories, depending on the market. These accessories include those developed in collaboration with global offroad icon, ARB 4x4 Accessories. The ARB 4x4 Accessories and Ford collaboration will initially roll out in select markets. For customers who want the ability to operate electrical accessories easily from the inside of the cabin, the new Wildtrak offers an optional auxiliary switch bank. This allows customers to safely and easily add accessories such as light bars, work lights, warning beacons, loudspeakers and other electrical equipment to their vehicle. And for those owners looking to make their Next-Gen Ranger adventure ready, the team made sure to create a space in the engine bay for a dual battery set-up. This optional accessory kit will enable new owners to add an auxiliary battery to power their fridges, lighting, tools and other electrical gadgets without draining their main battery. 

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COVER STORY

Simon Evans with son Jackson and daughter Eden.

It’s a family affair They say the family that plays together stays together and it is certainly true for Australian rally star Simon Evans and his children. By Liz Swanton

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hen both parents are the best at what they do, their offspring are likely to either follow in their footsteps … or not. For Jackson and Eden Evans, now aged 27 and 24 years respectively, motorsport was part of life as father Simon and mother Sue conquered the country, winning four Australian Rally Championship crowns. Now busy building their own careers, they have also joined their father to create a three-car Polaris side-byside team, backed by Australianowned tools and equipment company, Kincrome. Without her knowing it, Eden was a major part of the deal.

“Last year I was talking to Kincrome about what we were doing and I said, ‘My daughter is going to race with us so we will be a three-car family team’, but Eden didn’t know because I hadn’t talked to her about it,” laughs Simon. Kincrome said yes and Simon left the meeting, ringing his daughter frantically. When she didn’t answer after repeated attempts, he admits to getting very nervous. Finally, they connected. “I said, ‘Guess what, you’re driving this year. All you have to do is turn up. Please. I’ve sold you as part of the team.’ Previously she’d always said if an opportunity came up to just take it, so I was pretty sure what her answer would be.” Announcing the deal, then Kincrome CEO, Nick Pritchard, said the threeyear partnership with Simon Evans

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Motorsport was the company’s first major sponsorship in racing. “Simon Evans Motorsport obviously has a great pedigree in Australian motorsport and in rallying in particular,” says Pritchard. “The partnership with Simon, Jackson and Eden is a natural extension of our series sponsorship and I think provides some terrific opportunities for our brand, customers and staff. “Just like Kincrome, Simon Evans

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Motorsport is a generational operation, and we really relate to those family values and the loyalty that goes with them.” With the power of a major sponsor behind them, Simon Evans Motorsport and its three drivers set to work, but only three rounds of last year’s championship were run before COVID intervened and the title was called. Eden was leading the points tally in her category.

It’s the only bragging the family does about last year, because the Evans trio now has their eyes firmly on the prize for 2022, hoping for a full round of events and a chance to put themselves in contention for round wins and titles. Team leader Simon Evans is rightly regarded as one of Australia’s all-time great rally drivers. In 1999, he and then-wife Sue teamed up as driver and co-driver (navigator), tackling both the national series and rounds of the Asia-Pacific rally championship. They won their first ARC crown in 2006, then again in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2016, Simon was taking another tilt at the ARC and helping his brother Tom who had entered what was then the Polaris RZR Australian Championship (later the SXS series) when another competitor offered him the chance of a drive. It was too good to refuse and after tuning the vehicle to his liking, Simon put it on the podium at his first outing. “I really enjoyed the racing and the style of racing we were doing at the time which was on motocross tracks with big jumps, which really suited my personality. “Then it just happened that rallying was getting expensive and there wasn’t much manufacturer support, and I didn’t really know if I wanted to commit to


“Everyone was very excited because Jackson was young, and it was his first year in the championship. But then COVID hit. We had all these plans and we pretty much just sat at home and didn’t race.” Simon Evans, Simon Evans Motorsport

something like that again, at the levels we were operating in the past. The Polaris thing looked so good and ticked all the boxes, so I just went with it.” For a few years, Simon raced as a ‘factory driver’ for Polaris. Then the company asked him to run the team.

He took over in 2018 and won the title the same year. “We showed them what we could do and then they had a big pull-back and cut budgets and I thought that was it, to be honest. But I said I would like to keep racing and we struck a deal. I built a new car and Jackson started running with me, as a two-car team, in 2019. We had a brilliant year, finishing one and three, with Jackson winning the championship. “Everyone was very excited because Jackson was young, and it was his first year in the championship. So Polaris decided to get behind us a bit more, but then COVID hit. We had all these new cars and new plans and we pretty much just sat at home and didn’t race.” Fast forward to 2022 and Kincrome now sponsors Simon Evans Motorsport as well as the entire SXS Motorsport Australia Championship series which the team is competing in. The sideby-side series has also become a

category of the Motorsport Australia BF Goodrich Off Road Championship and the combination means huge fields (around 100 vehicles with half of them in the SXS category) and tight competition. Simon admits it is hard work running his ‘day job’, Enhanced Concrete Pumping, and the team—and racing in his ‘spare’ time—but 24/7 is the only way he knows how to operate. Even with those pressures, he is still fiercely competitive. “I love to run at the front, so I want to fight for wins and the championship. Clearly my son is very fast and Eden too, so I want to create the memories and have fun with them. “If you go racing you don’t do it halfarsed. Well, I don’t. I’ll fight all the way to the end. I like to think I have a few race brains about me so I can still hold my own, and that’s good. I’ve still got toys and I’m still racing, and I will be racing until I die. That’s the plan.” 

Simon Evans loves “to run at the front” when he’s racing.

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Build for the future A t last count, Australia had a shortage of 173,000 affordable rental dwellings, according to research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). The predicament is creating inequitable living conditions across the nation and represents an opportunity for property developers, construction companies and investors to step in with inventive housing solutions. Charles Northcote, CEO of community housing provider BlueCHP, understands the issue better than most, with the group having delivered more than 1900 social, affordable and disability homes since 2008. The group’s portfolio includes The Gardens project in Campbelltown, Sydney, which featured the use of cross laminated timber (CLT), a cost-effective engineered wood panel product. Northcote says the failure of Australia to address the affordable housing situation for the less well-off must be addressed. “A lot of people throw up their hands and say it can’t be done, but I don’t believe that.” Investing in the future For more affordable housing to become a reality in Australia,investment in construction projects that benefit lowincome and disadvantaged Australians will be crucial. Kris Daff is the managing director of two enterprises—Assemble, a build-torent developer, and Make Ventures, a property development and investment company—that are committed to affordable housing projects. Late last year, Assemble secured rezoning approval for two residential 14 CSS F.A.T. MAG

and mixed-use sites in Clayton and East Bentleigh in Victoria, respectively valued at a total of $1.2 billion. This will allow the group to deliver in excess of 1600 social and affordable housing units. The developments will provide either long-term cheaper leases for low-income residents, or long-term leases with the option to buy the property after an agreed period of time. Daff says the ability to partner with large investors such as superannuation funds to construct hundreds or thousands of dwellings at a time is crucial. “To have meaningful impact you have to execute at scale,” he says. Innovation to the fore The Gardens project in western Sydney is the largest residential timber building in Australia and comprises 101 apartments, 56 of which are available for affordable rental through BlueCHP. The use of about 962 tonnes of sustainably sourced CLT reduced the need for steel and concrete and cut down significantly on building costs, while also resulting in lower levels of carbon emissions and waste during construction. In addition to CLT, Northcote believes lightweight steel structures have an important role to play in social and affordable housing projects, as well as using systems such as BIAX, an ecofriendly foundation that uses recyclable materials instead of regular waffle-pod concrete slab systems. While such singular measures are important, he says the key is to develop an entire supply chain that drives efficiencies and value. “Lots of little things make the difference—it’s not one whiz-bang element that does it.”

Modular and other prefabricated housing options are also increasingly on the agenda for affordable housing developers. The ability to partly construct units in factories and ship them to construction sites for final assembly can also slash building times. Daff notes that in the United Kingdom it is now possible to see affordable housing developers lifting in multistorey prefabricated dwellings that have furniture and even microwaves and kettles in place. “We joke that you could almost lift the homes in with the tenants in them,” he says. With modular projects, the main advantage is speed of installation. “But we think over time as these manufacturing businesses integrate more robotics and other technologies into their production lines, we will see both time and material cost advantages compared with traditional on-site building,” Daff says. For Assemble’s project pipeline, it is partnering with modular bathroom manufacturer Interpod. “So we might do 5000 apartments and just have three types of bathrooms across that portfolio. This allows your supply chain to respond and drive efficiencies and become more formulaic,” Daff says. This compares with traditional offthe-plan developments that need a “shiny, bespoke” bathroom as a point of difference at sale. “Whereas when you’re building housing that’s rented out for the long term, what you want is goodquality, efficient dwellings that are not too expensive to maintain,” Daff says. No greater technical challenges A test with affordable housing is getting

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Strategic investments and the use of innovative construction materials and models will be crucial as governments and construction companies play their part in addressing Australia’s affordable housing crisis. By Cameron Cooper


The Gardens project in Campbelltown, Sydney, features the use of cross laminated timber.

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More double-glazing improves thermal efficiency. all facets of construction right, from the sourcing of materials and equipment to the logistics of getting the job done. However, Northcote does not believe such projects present any greater technical difficulties than traditional housing construction jobs. Indeed, he wants to reassure builders that they can easily participate in the community housing space. “You have to get the design right first and understand what you want to achieve. But don’t change things too much from existing building practices that are working. Use them, tweak them and you’ll get an efficient outcome,” he says. “Trying to make wholesale changes is very difficult.” For BlueCHP, the design and operational costs of the homes are front and centre, along with getting simple building elements right such as waterproofing and ventilation. As an example of practical innovation, BlueCHP has pioneered a drawer and wardrobe storage combination that removes the need to buy separate products. This, in turn, speeds up 16 CSS F.A.T. MAG

installation and cuts down on costs. “Now you see builders incorporating that as a standard product on projects,” Northcote says. “These little design elements often get missed.” BluCHP is also trialling new solar initiatives at one project in Sydney, while Northcote believes more double-glazing in affordable housing developments can improve thermal efficiency. Rent-to-build in vogue A report by the Productivity Commission of Australia has indicated that, in 2021, 45.7 per cent of Australians receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance were spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent, a calculation that defines people experiencing housing stress. Build-to-rent developments are a relatively new urban housing concept in the Australian market that could deliver more affordable housing options. With such projects, the developer retains ownership of the building when it is complete and the dwellings are rented out to tenants, as opposed to the normal build-to-own model.

Daff believes the built-to-rent model is set for significant uptake in the Australian market. That will present opportunities for developers, materials suppliers and builders to participate, although cautious financiers and investors will in the shortterm probably stick mostly to traditional construction methods. Nevertheless, Daff expects innovative modular design to ultimately dominate the affordable housing space in Australia, while the rising use of CLT, including from Australian suppliers, will become more and more prevalent as investors seek to minimise building costs and carbon emissions. “There’ll be nuances to the design and servicing of buildings, and even little things around the way joinery in installed, for example, so you change benchtops more easily 10 years later. But what we’ll see over time is a lot more modular developments.” With an eye to the future, BlueCHP is confident that affordable housing projects will improve lives for people on lower wages and let them live closer to their places of employment in CBDs. 



TECH TALK

Pre-fabulous Prefabricated modular plumbing is not just a new, innovative way to fit plumbing hardware—it’s a real game changer. By Frank Leggett

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PREFAB MODULES The Richstone Group, through its manufacturing arm Modular Prefab Solutions, also builds full modules where a plumber simply connects drains and water lines. This works extremely well for multi-unit dwellings provided there is accurate scheduling. “If we’re supplying a 40-storey building, all 40 storeys are not built at once,” says Egglestone. “The 18 CSS F.A.T. MAG

Prefab works well on both large-scale and small bespoke projects.

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uring every build, various plumbing parts or components are manufactured away from the work site. So, while prefabricated plumbing has always been a part of the industry, it takes place on a very small scale. Richstone Group has taken this concept and expanded it, designing and manufacturing common elements in a controlled environment and then assembling and installing onsite. A study compiled by Richstone revealed that 54 per cent of all bathrooms have the same layout. When a bathroom contains washing machine cupboards, this figure is increased to 66 per cent. “We started with simple elements,” says Shannon Egglestone, CEO and founder of the Richstone Group. “Now we go right through to bespoke. In an apartment building, 80 per cent of what we install is manufactured in our factory. Everything we prefab is designed from a manufactured drawing. This ensures it meets all requirements of the ASC500 plumbing code of Australia.”


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design drawings are made once, the manufactured drawings are made once, but the modules are made and supplied multiple times over the twoyear life of the build. Each module must arrive onsite on the day it needs to be installed.” While prefab works well on large-scale projects, it’s also effective on small bespoke projects. The big advantages, across the board, are huge time-savings and material control. “Our wastage of PVC pipe on a module is 1.9 per cent,” says Egglestone. “Our wastage of PEX pipe is 0.9 per cent. Copper wastage is not even measurable because it’s fully recyclable and the smallest amount can be reused. On an in-situ build, you would generally allow for 10 per cent wastage on everything.” EFFICIENCY AND ACCURACY The Richstone Group, based in Melbourne, is a parent company with plumbing at the heart of its business. It includes Richstone Plumbing that has about 140 staff and the manufacturing arm, Modular Prefab Solutions, that employs 27 staff. Modular Design provides all the hydraulic and prefabrication design, employing 10 people. Shannon Eggleston is involved in all areas of this vertical business model. While his vision is to create effective prefabrication of plumbing, his plan is to change the way the industry operates. Richstone first started prefabbing components in 2008. As digital technology improved, it allowed for more accurately surveyed set-outs, which allowed for more components to be prefabbed. This is particularly important when it comes to drainage. His team worked with the University of Melbourne on prefabricated wall elements as part of a research grant with the School of Architecture. “The government grant was to build pre-plumbed prebuilt wall elements for commercial construction,” says Egglestone. “A Multiplex project was our test case. We built an apartment in all elements within the factory. We then transported it to site and installed it. All the walls were stood up at the work-front in about 11 minutes. We then connected the drains and the prefabbed 20 CSS F.A.T. MAG

hot and cold spine. The entire apartment was plumbed up within 45 minutes.” Richstone is currently trialling the use of automated reality where designers wear reality goggles and design in 3D space instead of off a plan. CHANGING THE CULTURE The ultimate flow-on from prefabrication is faster build times and lower costs. All components are built in a controlled environment that allows for extreme accuracy. There is little or no rework and everything is designed to meet code. Provided the plumber installs the product in the correct manner, it will meet all standards. “We’re changing the culture of plumbing and I understand why some tradies and plumbers have concerns,” says Egglestone. “The simple fact is that prefabrication doesn’t take work away; it just allows you to do more work in a shorter period of time. It increases efficiency without putting any undue stress on tradies.” The most important part of prefabrication is logistics. Everything is taken into account—how it’s packaged,

how it’s delivered to site, how it’s moved around the site. “The key to prefabrication is making sure it gets there on time, in full, and in the right sequence of packaging. Packaging the product is just as important as the actual design in the module.” MANY BENEFITS Using prefabricated plumbing elements offers benefits right across the board. There are significant cost-savings for clients by utilising common parts with an efficiency of labour and drastically reduced wastage. The builder saves on installation time and reduces high-risk work when components are manufactured in a controlled environment. The project benefits from increased design quality and consistency. “I truly believe that prefabrication is the way of the future,” says Egglestone. “Plumbers have always relied on innovation of product, but to achieve significant improvement, innovation must be driven through a change in process.” 


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When a high-end design and construction company teams up with a unique roofing manufacturer, the results are exceptional. By Kerryn Ramsey

Crowning achievement W hen Cadence & Co was developing a large home on an acreage property in the Northern Beaches suburb of Terrey Hills, the project required an expansive roof that would complement the build and integrate into the landscape. Cadence & Co turned to CSS member No1 Roofing and Building Supplies to manufacture and supply its flagship roofing product, Snap-Line 45®. Cadence & Co is a bespoke architectural design and construction firm renowned for high-end homes. Based in

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Sydney and the Southern Highlands, they offer a fully integrated service, working on projects from concept to completion. Its clients demand creative, detailed and liveable results. “Charlotte Park, the property at Terrey Hills, was in the making for quite a few years,” says Chris Nesci, business development manager at No1 Roofing and Building Supplies. “They had a particular look and style in mind, utilising light colours and big, natural earthy products. Our Snap-Line 45 roof was a perfect match for the project.” The Snap-Line 45® has a standing

seam profile that doesn’t require a plywood substrate. Even though it’s designed to free-span, Cadence & Co choose to install it on a ply substrate in order to complete a premium build. “Traditionally, a seamed roof requires a lot of manual labour to install,” says Nesci. “Our profile clips together, giving a nice wide flat pan with a high rib, but eliminating the need to seam the male and female sides of the sheet together.” COMPLETING THE LOOK Charlotte Park is designed for expansive family living, built across two levels with


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soaring ceilings and surrounded by landscaped parkland including extensive gardens, a swimming pool and cabana, equine facilities and stables, a tennis court, children’s play areas, and herb and chicken pavilions. “We wanted a roofing material with simple lines, but which had a scale and presence to match the site,” says Michael Kilkeary, Cadence & Co partner and design principal. “The profile of the SnapLine 45® is reminiscent of traditional standing seam zinc roofing. The tray width gives scale to the roofing material and works harmoniously with the timber batten and board cladding of home. No1 Roofing fabricated the roof in Colorbond steel, using the colour Windspray. This strikes a beautiful balance with the palette of the house.”

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MEMBERS IN ACTION “It was a joy to be involved with the Charlotte Park project and it has strengthened our relationship with Cadence & Co. I’m certain there will be many innovative future projects down the track.” Chris Nesci, business development manager, No1 Roofing and Building Supplies

Charlotte Park used local materials designed for our climate. has 10 stores across Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and the Mid North Coast. “Twenty years ago, we saw an opportunity in the market for a company that delivers quality service throughout Sydney with fast lead times and competitive pricing,” says Nesci. “That business model’s been successful and we’ve been able to grow. We’ve been working with Cadence & Co for many years. Being involved with such an innovative company is a challenge but very satisfying. Often, they come to us with technical inquiries, and we hammer out what is, and is not, possible.” AWARD WINNER The partnership between Cadence & Co

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and No1 Roofing and Building Supplies is not just harmonious and successful, it’s winning awards. Charlotte Park saw Cadence & Co announced as the winner of the Colorbond Inspired Design Promo last March. The competition was a showcase of the best residential builds featuring Colourbond steel. “It’s very gratifying to win such an award and a testament to our relationship with No1 Roofing,” says Kilkeary. “Great design encompasses many elements from aesthetics and performance, through to the overall materiality of the build. All the elements must work together to create a unified harmonious feel.” No 1 Roofing and Building Supplies

exclusively uses Colourbond steel for all its roofing products. The company deals with projects as large as 20,000-squaremetre warehouses to bespoke 50-square-metre jobs. “Charlotte Park was about 1000 square metres in size,” says Nesci. “It was an exciting project and a great opportunity to use Australian materials designed for our harsh climate. We actively choose to use Colorbond steel instead of European exotic metals, like copper and zinc. We certainly celebrated when we heard it had won the Inspired Design award.” BRIGHT FUTURE Cadence & Co’s ever-expanding portfolio of projects is consistently delivering high-quality, architectural homes. To achieve their results, they bring together all disciplines, including architecture, construction, interior design and landscaping. It produces a unified vision that is ultimately more than the sum of its parts. Working with No1 Roofing and Building Supplies allows for specificity of design and an end product that fits the brief. It’s an award-winning combination. “It was a joy to be involved with the Charlotte Park project and it has strengthened our relationship with Cadence & Co,” says Nesci. “I’m certain there will be many innovative future projects down the track.”



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ometimes it’s best to do just one thing—but do it well. That’s certainly been the philosophy of the Irvine family and their business, Caprice Paper, for more than 32 years. CEO David Irvine has been with Caprice for most of his working life, working alongside his parents in the early years, plus various uncles and aunts, his sister, as well as his wife Kate and their two daughters, Sam and Ally. The company specialises in manufacturing paper goods for the ‘away-from-home’ market, which includes industry and hospitality, so paper towel, toilet rolls and napkins predominantly. The majority of products are manufactured in

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their Victorian factory, located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, complemented by a warehouse in Sydney. It’s a wholesale business, with the Caprice team selling to distributors, who then supply their range of product to the end customers. “Our client base is pretty diverse,” says Irvine. “Basically, anywhere that you class as ‘away from home’ is a potential customer. So it can include anything from healthcare to education, offices, and factories.” THE HUMBLE TOWEL Caprice started by manufacturing paper roll towels, which remains one of their main products, but the product range now also includes toilet tissue

products, other types of paper towel, such as interleaved towels, all the dispensers for the products, plus paper tableware and napkins for restaurants and hotels. “We are consistent,” says Irvine. “A case in point is the roll towels that we started with. They’re still our biggest seller, which is incredible for such a straightforward product that had been around in the market for probably 30 plus years before we started selling or making them. “And now it’s 30 years later and the demand is still there, because they are such an easy product to use— convenient, and people can tear off as much as they want for their purpose.” The company has a staff of 36, a compact size that makes it quite agile,

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“Our client base is pretty diverse. Basically, anywhere that you class as ‘away from home’ is a potential customer. So it can include anything from healthcare to education, offices, and factories.” David Irvine, CEO, Caprice Paper with no middle management, and allows David and Kate to keep a close eye on business all the time. “Everyone answers to either myself or my wife,” says Irvine. COVID BUSINESS BOOST Caprice has thrived in the last two years, despite the pandemic, partly because the increased focus on hygiene in factories and companies generally has helped to sell more of their product. “People and business owners had been fairly blasé about hygiene,” Irvine says. “One of the biggest problems out there was that people just weren’t washing their hands and that was spreading a lot of germs around. We saw a really strong demand for dispensers for interleaved towels and roll towels through that period. It tapered off last year, but we’d never sold so many dispensers as we did in 2020.” COVID-19 has also helped to reinforce the importance of having goods manufactured in Australia, because local companies such as Caprice have managed to weather the supply chain issues that have plagued industry as a whole. “Despite all the things that have gone on including, most recently, the shipping delays, it’s been a real boon for us too,” says Irvine. “As long as we’ve had enough raw material, which we have, we have been able to produce whatever we want when we want it, and not get overstocked, and keep our customers happy.” LOST BUSINESS Irvine says that it has been sad to watch many companies move to offshore manufacturing in recent years. “Large manufacturers were still manufacturing here up until five to 10

The increased demand for paper towels during COVID was a boon for business at Caprice.

years ago; they were still making many of their products here,” he says. “And then the retailers said, ‘Well, unless you start manufacturing in China, we won’t be buying off you.’ So, what were they to do?” When these manufacturers did move manufacturing to China, it had a detrimental effect on Caprice Paper. “A lot of our products were being sold into those factories,” says Irvine. “Our towel and tissue products were being sold through our distributors into many factories. Melbourne was the most manufacturing-related economy of all the cities in Australia, so it has been hit the hardest with that change. “I think if people had been more prepared to stick things out, not throw their lot in with China, there would have been a lot more product around, but unfortunately a lot of people were forced into this cheaper mindset and much was lost. “I would hope that people have really paused and thought about what they’ve done.” The Irvine family is committed to staying in manufacturing, even

investing in high-speed machinery for their factory. “We used to have a lot of small machines and then we invested heavily in some real state-ofthe-art machinery to allow us to stay competitive with manufacturing in Australia,” says Irvine. A FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY The company has also moved to using recycled paper for many of their products, a feature that is now a significant part of the Caprice business. Irvine also worked hard to get FSC and PEFC certification for their raw materials, which ensures that the paper they use has come from sustainable sources, such as plantation timber. It was an arduous process, but worthwhile, he says. “It goes all the way down the line,” he explains. “Everyone involved has to be certified, from the foresters to the pulp mill, to the paper mill, then to us as a converter. So the consumer can be comfortable they’re not getting timber or pulp from timber out of a rainforest.”  CSS F.A.T. MAG 27


BUSINESS

Flat broke

When construction companies go bust, it’s often the workers who take the financial hit. That’s why contractors must take measures to protect themselves well before their employer goes into administration. By Shane Conroy

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chain—and that includes the thousands of contractors who have not been paid for their work. KNOW THE RISKS David McKellar, director of Melbournebased Allied Business Accountants, says it’s critical for contractors to understand they have limited options once their employer goes into administration. “The administrator takes over legal responsibility for the company from the day it goes into administration,” he says. “They will contact all the creditors, and you’ll likely be asked to complete a ‘proof of debt’ form. You may be asked to supply your unpaid invoices and any timesheets or other proof of work documentation you have.” The administrators will then reconcile the company’s debts, and may call in the liquidators to sell off the company’s assets in order to pay its creditors. But don’t expect to see all—or any—of the money you’re owed. “This can be a long process,” McKellar explains. “The administrators may decide to finish current projects so they can be sold off to pay creditors. There may also be court proceedings taken against directors in order to recover their personal assets. This can take years.” Secured creditors—typically lenders like banks and equipment

finance companies—are paid first, then employee entitlements such as unpaid superannuation are prioritised. Contractors tend to come last. “Contractors are pooled together as unsecured creditors, and any remaining funds from the sold assets will be split amongst this group,” says McKellar. “You might get 50 cents on the dollar, or you might get nothing. At this point, the matter is considered concluded. There’s nothing more you can do.” BE PREPARED TO ACT EARLY That’s why it’s critical for contractors to act well before the construction company goes into administration. McKellar advises his clients to put contractor agreements in place before they begin

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he COVID-19 period has been a complete nightmare for the construction industry. Extended lockdowns saw construction projects grind to a halt across the country, and supply chain disruptions and material shortages made the return to work far from ideal. So it probably didn’t surprise many in the industry when previously strong construction companies began to fall one by one. Developer Privium Homes went into administration in November 2021 with alleged debts to contractors, suppliers and other creditors nearing $43 million. Queensland building company BA Murphy also saw out 2021 in liquidation. Media reports claim the company owes 550 creditors more than $10.8 million. Then major construction company Probuild rocked the industry when it went into administration in early 2022. The construction giant went from raking in approximately $1.4 billion per year to financial ruin with around 2300 creditors claiming the construction giant owes them money. It’s enough to quicken the pulse of every hardworking contractor who expects to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. But the harsh truth is that when the big boys go bust, the financial pain is often felt throughout the supply


“Remember that once the company goes into administration, typically not much goes back to unsecured creditors. It’s important to recognise that you face more risk as a contractor, so get out early if you can.” David McKellar, director, Allied Business Accountants

work that state not only your payment rates, but also your payment terms. “I’d always advise seven-day payment terms, but knowing the construction industry, they’ll often want 30-day terms,” says McKellar. “Either way, you need to invoice regularly and stay on top of any late payments. You’re essentially giving them unsecured credit, so don’t let them accrue any more money than you’re prepared to lose.” When it comes to late payments, it’s often the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. McKellar says to frequently chase up overdue payments—whether that’s via automated reminders from your accounting software, emails and phone calls to accounts departments, or speaking with the onsite builder.

“If that fails, it might be time to consider starting debt collection proceedings,” says McKellar. “Obviously that will make it difficult for you to continue your relationship with the company. But once they exceed the debt threshold you’ve set, debt collection will be your best chance of getting them to prioritise paying you.” LOOK FOR SIGNS OF STRUGGLE McKellar says that even starting debt collection proceedings is unlikely to improve your chances of getting paid if the company goes into administration. “You’ll still be an unsecured creditor, so again there’s not much you can do once they’ve gone into administration. It’s really about managing risk. You need to

be clear on how much you’re prepared to lose, and know when to walk away.” Looking for early indications that the company might be struggling can help you identify when it’s time to go. Suppliers moving to a cash-on-delivery arrangement or refusing to unload before they are paid could be a sign that the company is falling behind on its bills. “Contractors are in high demand at the moment, so it’s important to know when it’s time to cut your losses— particularly if you can walk into another job,” McKellar says. “Remember that once the company goes into administration, typically not much goes back to unsecured creditors. “It’s important to recognise that you face more risk as a contractor, so get out early if you can.”  CSS F.A.T. MAG 29


TECHNICAL

Come clean

Spill management and containment is a responsibility not to be taken lightly, particularly in the construction industry. By Frank Leggett

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related to spill management and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of each state oversees the legal requirements of that state. It’s essential for business owners to meet those requirements. THE BASICS In the event of a spill, remember the three Cs—Control, Contain and Clean up. Of course, the response depends on the type of material that’s been spilled. If it’s a toxic material, evacuation, assistance and hazmat PPE may be required. If it’s non-toxic, it’s a matter of assessing the situation, isolating the scene, and stopping the spill from spreading—particularly into waterways. It then needs to be safely cleaned up and disposed of appropriately. Generally, spills can be classified into three categories: l Hydrocarbons, consisting of oils, fuels and related hydrocarbon products (which include petrol, diesel and hydraulic fluids). These spills require different response techniques depending on whether the spill occurs on land or water. l General spills that are typically waterbased and/or mild chemicals. l Hazchem and specialist spills consist of strong chemical acids and alkalines,

and hazardous materials such as mercury or radioactive material. We manufacture specific items to deal with virtually every type of spill scenario,” says Lowson. “Everything from absorbent pads and granular absorbents all the way up to major offshore oil spill containment booms. We make a wide variety of spill kits including carry bag vehicle kits, wheelie bin kits and emergency spill response trailers. In the event of a spill every second counts so we colour code our spill kits. It’s easy to quickly recognise them from a distance; yellow for oil and fuel, blue for general purpose and red for hazchem spill kits.” BE PREPARED The most important thing, particularly on building sites, is to have a plan in place

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pills and spill containment are important issues that have an impact on virtually every business in Australia. Whether it’s a hospital, school, laboratory, shop, or a building, mining or industrial site, measures need to be in place to contain and safely dispose of any type of spill that occurs. While it simply makes sense due to workplace health and safety, and environmental reasons, there are also legal requirements around spill containment. The onus is on the business to ensure they meet all sitebased regulatory requirements. “We work with our clients to provide them with a range of site appropriate spill containment products to help prevent a spill,” says Brad Lowson, director at Global Spill & Safety. “In the event of an incident, we have products to safely contain and clean up the spill.” The company works with businesses throughout Australia and across all industries. Over 90 per cent of their product range is made in Australia. “Australia is becoming less reliant on imported site safety related goods with the associated supply and freight interruptions,” says Lowson. “We know that Australian made is good for Australia.” There are federal and state laws


“We work with our clients to provide them with a range of site appropriate spill containment products to help prevent a spill. In the event of an incident, we have products to safely contain and clean up the spill.” Brad Lowson, director, Global Spill & Safety should a spill happen. You don’t want to have a spill and then try and figure out a response. Foresight and planning are vital, as well as having procedures in place to mitigate the chance of a spill. Having appropriate kits on site, and staff trained in using them, is essential. There is also a wide range of products

The response to a spill depends on the type of material that’s been spilled.

that can aid in reducing the likelihood of spills or leakages. “We manufacture storage and bunding options from 20-litre drums to IBC storage cabinets that withstand heat, work well outdoors and meet all relevant Australian Standards” says Lowson. “A bund is designed to hold and contain a spill for easy clean up and management. Our portable collapsible bunds are quick to assemble for temporary site situations. These range from the size of a pallet to sizes that suit road trains and sea containers. They are robust enough that vehicles can drive onto them.” THE RIGHT PRODUCT While spills can consist of anything from fuel to chemicals to biohazards, it’s imperative to have the correct products on hand to deal with the situation. If a workplace procedure is in place, staff know exactly what to do in the event of a spill. A regular site inspection should be undertaken by a professional to ensure that all dangerous and hazardous materials are correctly stored and handled. Safety data sheets must be available on site and all containers

containing chemical or hazardous material must be clearly marked with their relevant Dangerous Goods category— flammable, corrosive, toxic, etc. DUTY OF CARE All businesses in Australia have a duty of care to maintain a safe workplace. Having procedures and products in place to quickly respond to a spill is essential. Failure to meet legal requirements can be extremely costly. Each business is liable for costly clean-ups and potential fines. If a spill impacts on a waterway, then costs and fines are heavy and can include remediation for the affected area. “Prevention and preparedness are the answer to mitigating an event and potential costs,” says Lowson. “Demonstrating that you have an effective strategy in place so you can control, contain and clean up any spill is a basic requirement from an environmental and workplace health and safety perspective. When it comes to spill management, it’s much better to be well prepared and err on the side of caution.”  CSS F.A.T. MAG 31


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27” grinding wheel under current international EN classifications. This is a key feature with the increase in some worksites banning cutting & thin cutting discs on site, because the disc is rated as a grinding disc it avoids such bans. The robust design makes it six times stronger than a cutting wheel and the availability of width as thin as 1.9mm ensures that the user still gets the same quality cutting disc performance. Available in a wide variety of sizes of 4”, 4½”, 5” & 7” diameters and thicknesses from 1.9mm to 3.5mm means that there is a disc for any sort of job. The DuoDisc is the perfect time

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ave you ever felt frustrated when you ‘round-out’ your driver bit putting that last decking screw in? Or screamed when your driver bit broke leaving a snail-trail mark on the painted tin? Did you know that different driver bits are suited for different applications? This is why there are two main types of driver bits within the Alpha range; Standard and Impact / Torsion bits. Standard driver bits boast exceptional strength, and are generally manufactured from S2 raw material, which is shock resistant and able to be accurately hardened. This does mean standard driver bits tend to be more brittle than ‘impact’ driver bits meaning the head will hold its shape longer but can break when using an impact driver. Standard driver bits are suited to applications when load is gradually increased, such as fastening wood screws into timber, or in precision applications where head accuracy is very important, such as aerospace. The continued development and ever-increasing torque of modern impact

drivers has led to the advance of Impact Torsion style driver bits. These bits are designed to handle the extreme rise in torque compared to more traditional drill drivers. The peak torque loads are handled in two ways. Impact Torsion bits have the ability to deform under stress from tension, and then return to their original shape. The stress is taken away from the tip of the bit and dispersed through the shaft and body of the bit. Impact Torsion driver bits are

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most suited to applications where instantaneous impact occurs. This is mostly when fastening metal to metal, aluminum and other fabrication applications. With most tradies using impact drivers for most of their onsite work the highest performer is the Alpha ThunderMax Impact range. This range has been specially developed and tested in Australia and suit the most popular impact driver guns in our market. 

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MATES ARE A TRU FORCE

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orce360 and TRu Workwear are proud national brand partners of MATES in Construction, Mining and Energy. With suicide rates 80% higher than any other industry and construction workers, 6x more likely to die from suicide than a workplace accident, the need for intervention and support is essential. By making substantial contributions to support MATES in reducing suicide and improving mental health in our key industries, we have been able to make a difference. The Mates in Construction program aims to raise awareness of suicide as a preventable problem, and in turn connect workers to the best available help or support by building stronger and more resilient relationships between workers. By partnering with industry researchers MATES can inform the industry around best mental health practice. MATES are able to achieve this by training workers in the workplace to improve mental health and suicide prevention, increase help seeking and help offering and engage the workforce in

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CMX-20 Compact Multi-Sander FEATURES

• Compact, lightweight and low vibration • Excellent sanding on hard to reach areas with three types of pads • Used on automotive and other sheet metal, castings, machined parts, paint drips and oversprays • Adjustable valve to reduce speed accordingly to material and desired surface finish • Pad replacement easily made with the included spanner:

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• Straight design is suitable for narrow and deep applications • Chisel lock retains chisel securely • High strength piston allows trouble-free operation • Curved-Flat chisels as standard • Optional straight and flat chisels also available: PN Description NP15/IB 1" Cranked Flat Chisel NP15/IF NP15/IF 1/2" Flat Chisel NP15/IG 1-3/8" Cranked Flat Chisel NP15/IW NP15/IN 1/2" Flat Chisel NP15/IW 1" Flat Chisel NP15/IW-1 1-3/8" Flat Chisel

• Popular, straight type • Durable, one-piece housing • 3mm needles (2mm needles optional) • Low air consumption • Ideal for restricted areas

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Speed 13,000 rpm

CH-24 Air Chipper FEATURES

JT-20 Needle Scaler FEATURES

Optional Extra Needles and Associated Supports Size: 2mm (NP2X180S) Quantity for use: 29 Support: TP00338

Wheel Bore Air Dia. Consumption

Accessory Sanding Pads 16mm Finger Pad 2" Round Pad Rectangle Pad 13,000 rpm 14,500 rpm 13,000 rpm 16mm dia. 50mm dia. 26 x 50mm

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pecialising in market leading hand protection suited to Australian conditions, Paramount Safety’s PIP range of hand protection provides innovative quality products that keep workers safe and performing at their best. For example, the G-Tek SuperSkin General Purpose Work Glove which fits and acts as a ‘Protective Skin’, allows the wearer to conduct any manual handling task without removing them. We achieved this with our patented Skin Contouring Technology. Once the glove has been activated by the body temperature of each wearer, the SuperSkin glove has the unique ability to form into each individual’s hand shape as a perfect fitting Protective Skin. The G-Tek ForceShield features new technology in the form of a PolyKor X7 ultra fine super strong Cut Resistant liners. These deliver a very high Level E Cut Protection rating to the latest EN388 / ISO 13997 standards testing. This fine 18

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indestructible. The braided line pulls and releases with ease, creating clear, precise, and bold lines that are crisp and sharp to the eye. Featuring an improved non-slip OXhorn hook for precise accuracy when chalking lines and a locking mechanism to hold the line firmly in place. The ergonomic grip profile allows for easy and comfortable operation whilst the felt gasket distributes even chalk coating on the lines and prevents chalk spillage. With a strong, ultra-lightweight aluminium casing and durable steel

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