Unofficial Product Being Sold – Please Be Aware

Makinex has been made aware that a company https://www.foryouthsome.com Is illegally selling a product being promoted as the Makinex Powered Hand Truck, for $89.

https://www.foryouthsome.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=Powered

Please be aware that this has nothing to do with the official Makinex product sold via Makinex Construction Products.

We advise all people looking at the Powered Hand Truck via For Youth Some website, social media sites or any site not associated with Makinex Construction Products to take caution and not provide them with your credit card details.

Should you need details for the offical product please request a quote via this website: https://info.makinex.com.au/request-a-quote

If you have been a victim of this scam; you can take the following steps:

  • Contact your bank
  • Dispute the fraudulent transaction
  • Have images of what you ordered
  • Have images of what you received, with your address and tracking number on it

You can conduct a search on this website to identify or report scams: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

 

 

 

 

Improve Operational Efficiencies!

In this months edition of Flooring Magazine, Makinex shared an article on how to improve operational efficiencies!

It’s all about efficiency!

Makinex are passionate about inventing and manufacturing products that increase productivity and provide faster, easier and safer ways to get difficult jobs done.

One such product is the Dual Pressure Washer, a hard surface pressure cleaner that combines a rotary and wand in the one machine.

To learn more, read the full article here.

From Floor Removal to Floor Finish!

Makinex offer a range of flooring products that help you get your job done to the highest standard possible.

The Makinex flooring range provides products that assist flooring contractors  achieve improved efficiencies and quality in:

  • Flooring removal
  • Floor preparation
  • Floor filling and
  • Floor leveling and finishing.
  • There is a product available to support you at every stage of your flooring job, be it laying a floating floor, working with exposed aggregate or applying epoxy, you will create a great result.

    REMOVAL

    With many flooring jobs there is often an element of removal before the job starts – no one wants to lay flooring onto a rough and uneven surface. Makinex’s flooring range helps you find an easier way to do your job.

    Stop struggling or bending when handling heavy jackhammers with the Jackhammer Trolley. The trolley carries the majority of the jackhammers weight with you positioned behind it. It’s suitable for most 16kg Jackhammers and removes existing flooring or underlayment to begin preparation of the base.

    The Vinyl Floor Stripper is an industrial machine designed to remove a variety of flooring materials. It’s a great addition to the Jackhammer to remove cementitious screed or flexible adhesive.

    These products have been known to reduce fatigue, increase speed of removal and preparation and minimise damage to substrate.

    PREPARATION

    Once unwanted materials have been removed, it’s time to bring in your grinder and vac or scarifier, and these machines need power!

    Makinex have a powerful range of Generators that supply dual single and three phase power. Our gennies are portable and compact so the power can go where you need it to. They allow you to simaltaneously run 15amp or 20/32amp equipment.

    FILLING AND LEVELLING

    We understand that you want to level the floor ready for the final application.

    The Makinex Mixing Station is the ultimate mixing solution for self-levelling cements, compounds and epoxies, producing a perfect mix every time. The Makinex Mixing Station is extremely manoeuvrable and enables efficient hands-free mixing and fast precision pouring of materials. It also features a dust/splash reduction cover for safer use and less mess.

    It can mix up to 100kg (220lbs) batches in 3 minutes!

    For exposed agg type finish The Hose 2 Goa 14ltr constant pressure portable water supply unit that doesn’t require a battery or power, is great for spraying a mist when applying liquid densifiers for crack, airhole or displaced aggregate repairs. It can also be used for wash down and clean up.

    APPLYING, POLISHING AND FINISHING

    After grinding you may need to determine what sort of polish you want to finish with and as you know, concrete grinding creates dust. The Makinex Dual Pressure Washer is a rotary cleaner and wand pressure washer in the one machine which enables you to clean the floor surface, so you can determine what type of finish ready to polish.

    Once you have taken the necessary steps to create an optimal floor surface, it’s ready to dress with your customers material of choice knowing you have done everything to achieve amazing results!

    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

  • Train yourself on how to handle loads safely
  • Ensure you take regular breaks to reduce physical fatigue
  • 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.
    • 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
    • Make sure you have adequate training on how to use the jackhammer
    • Check the equipment has no damage to it including air hoses and electrical cords
    • uppress potentially harmful Silica Dust with a portable constant pressure water unit such as the Makinex Hose 2 Go
    • 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.

    Inside the construction industries substance abuse problem

    Foundation House is helping tradies come to terms with mental health and addiction.

    Last week VICE media published this interesting article about Foundation House Rehab centre in Sydney.

    Tommy sits in a room full of tradies and tells them all about how he used to drink methylated spirits with Coke. The mixer was to stop him throwing up blood; he’d keep a schooner of the concoction next to his bed at his parents’ house, where he lived at the time. Tommy was almost 40 then, and had been in and out of the construction industry for half his life.

    “I worked in construction, and I was a functioning addict from when I started when I was 18,” he explains. “At the start it was always pot. Ecstasy pills. Campbelltown coke. And then after that drinking came into it because it’s just part of the culture.

    “It’s construction: if you can’t drink you can’t be trusted and be part of it.”

    Tommy is a resident at the Foundation House rehabilitation centre, located in Sydney’s inner west. The 28-day residential program has been working with people like him for the past 18 years. A not-for-profit charity, Foundation House doesn’t get any government funding, but is instead supported by the construction industry itself. The centre receives a number of its referrals directly from the worksite via the Building Trade Group (BTG), through which they get most of their clientele.

    Sitting here on a Wednesday night, it’s hard not to think there’s something wrong with Australia’s construction industry culture. There are close to 80 men in this room: some of them alcoholics, some of them drug addicts, some of them suicide survivors—but nearly all of them tradesmen.

    “It’s the pressures that people are put under,” says Daniel, a therapist at Foundation House, when I ask him why this might be the case. “We’re talking 10 to 12 hour days six days a week, and no downtime.”

    Such unforgiving hours are nothing new, and in recent years there’s been some significant headway towards raising awareness around issues of mental health on the worksite. Foundation House is an important next step. They don’t just want to shine a light on the underbelly of the construction industry: they want to offer the workers a way out of the dark.

    “Foundation House was born because for all the education, for all the need for something to change there needed to be a place for some one to change,” the centre’s CEO, David Atkin, told me. “Our objective is on the wall: ‘To introduce a person to themselves in the hope that one day they become friends’.”

    The 28 day residency is small when compared to the several-month stints of other rehab clinics—but that’s part of what makes it effective. David explains that people can take a few weeks off the job, come into rehab, and then get back to work.

    “The workplace intervention doesn’t really work if it’s three months, six months, or 12 months because you’re not going to get the support of the employers,” he says. “But for four weeks, it works.”

    Those four weeks are described by the staff at Foundation House as “intense”. After undergoing a detox and an assessment, the clients are stripped of their phones and admitted into a program that sees them meeting one-on-one with a councillor twice a week, and taking part in a rotating series of education groups, communication groups, and relationship-building groups.

    Two weeks in, the residents get an opportunity to tell their story: to talk about their life, about what addiction was like for them, and become vulnerable around the other people in their group. It’s this part—this sense of connection and community—that so many of them point to as the thing they valued the most.

    “The most important thing for me was coming in here and then meeting other people that have been through a similar thing,” says Alex—another, much younger, graduate of the program.

    Alex started as an apprentice plasterer at the age of 18. By 19—and following constant recreational use of cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, ketamine, and cocaine—he was admitted to a psychiatric ward.

    “Once I went there it was like Fuck, maybe I’m crazy. And I didn’t know how to talk about that to people at work,” he tells me. “I just wanted to fit in. Then I started to hear my story in other people at meetings, how this has helped their lives, and thought I’d give it a go. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

    A third ex-resident, Jim, agrees the construction culture has historically been one that encourages substance abuse while shunning open, serious conversations around issues of mental health.

    “Every workplace I’ve ever worked in has started with the culture of bullying the apprentice and going to the pub,” he says. “Some of us would drink at work. Most of us, if not all of us, would drink after work. And definitely all of us would get drunk at night at home, and show up either still drunk or with a massive hangover. It was a competitive culture: who drank more.”

    Jim and Daniel both have theories as to why there is such a substance abuse problem within the industry. Jim suggests that the high wages have something to do with it—the fact that “You get a 25-year-old kid earning $400 a day.” Daniel points to the intense working conditions—the 70 hour weeks—and suggests that substances are used as a way to cope with the demands of the job.

    “It’s probably moved from alcohol to methamphetamine, too,” he says. “Because they’re working long hours they’re using cocaine and things that are going to be stimulating rather than depressants.”

    This “work hard, play harder” culture has a lot to answer for when it comes to the industry’s mental health problem. Many people within construction describe it as a toxic environment that’s too lucrative too leave. The money’s good, and the demand for work is so high that anyone not willing to toe the line is cast aside and replaced within a day. Everyone is expendable, pressures are high, and using drugs and alcohol to blow off steam just is, and always has been, the done thing.

    So how do you solve a problem like that?

    Forcing people to open up and come to terms with their emotions is one part of it. But when I ask Daniel what it is specifically about Foundation House that these men and women find so effective, based on their feedback, he points to Wednesday nights.

    The weekly relapse prevention meet-ups are an extension of the residential program, providing a forum where former and current residents can come together and speak openly with one another. Some are here for the very first time, while others have been coming back, week after week, for years.

    “They’re beautiful, Wednesday nights,” Tommy tells me. “Everyone’s here helping each other.”

    That’s certainly the energy in the room. One by one, the current and former residents of Foundation House—“Foundo”, as they call it—take turns yelling out their names, to rapturous applause, and talking through their feelings. Others nod, speaking words of encouragement and affirmation. Some of them cry, or laugh, or joke about how they’re only here for the free dinner. Mostly, though, they speak openly and honestly. And Daniel, the therapist, hardly says a thing.

    “This place looks after itself sometimes,” he tells me. “We provide support and love, but at the end of the day it’s their community: it’s the ex-residents and the current residents coming together and saying: ‘These are the results’.

    “Just having something that’s theirs. This is all they’ve got really.”

    If you’d like to find out more about Foundation Hose head to their website

    https://www.foundationhouse.net.au/

     

    Makinex welcomes Michael Hilti

    Everyone was thrilled to welcome Michael Hilti to Makinex Sydney Headquarters on Friday 19th Oct.

    Michael Hilti and Rory Kennard spent time discussing new products and innovation within the construction industry.

    Makinex have worked with Hilti for the last 7 years with the Jackhammer Trolley Hilti version and Hilti selling the Makinex Tile Smasher Heads.

    Makinex and Hilti have a longstanding appreciation and passion for finding innovative ways to make the construction industry more efficient.

    Hilti was established in 1941, and Makinex aspire to follow in their extremely successful footsteps, they have a business culture most companies admire being in the Top 25 places to work in the world, among many other awards and accolades.

    Hilti also won Financial Review Top 100 Graduate employer award – which is an excellent opportunity for graduates wanting to enter the construction and design industry.

    Makinex and Hilti align in many ways especially in the importance design plays in their products, with Hilti winning Red Dot Awards and both Makinex and Hilti winning Good Design Awards over the years.

    Rory Kennards says “Design is imperative when producing high quality products and tools that will make a difference to the construction industry. Makinex believes there’s always a better way to do things, and is constantly striving to be the best it can be, working with companies such as Hilti drives us to design and produce excellent product that changes the way they work”

    Having aligned qualities with other players in the construction industry is inspiring and shows that working together in order to build outstanding products and businesses to support to industry is possible.

    Makinex hopes to continue its relationship with Hilti and learn from this powerhouse business, by continuing to offer outstanding quality and designed products for the construction industry.

    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;

    • 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
    • Protect yourself – Head, hearing, eyes and face, hand and foot protection are essential protection items
    • 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
    • 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:

    • Train yourself on how to handle loads
    • Ensure you take regular breaks to reduce physical fatigue
    • 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

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