Digging a Hole Is More Complicated Than You Think

Australia has just sweltered through its hottest summer since records began, and those property owners who have the space are already thinking about using the coming winter months to put in a pool. Are you an owner who cannot bear another summer without being able to cool off a few steps from your back door? If so, you may already be thinking about it and wondering just what happens when people and machines start tearing up your back yard.

Pool Excavations a Breeze in the Hands of Experts

Well, wonder no more and fear not. People install pools every day and in the hands of experienced and professional operators, the result will be an oasis where you can relax with family and friends, entertain and keep the children occupied during the next long, hot summer.

Building a pool starts with the design, then with a signed contract in place it proceeds to engineering input then council approvals. Once these are given and the site is secured with temporary fencing, excavation starts followed by plumbing, electrical, concreting, tiling, final inspections and filling the pool.

People Get Nervous when the Machines Move In

Dee Gees Bobcats have been excavating for pools for the last 23 years, and we have found that the process that bothers people the most is the actual excavation. They worry that the machinery may damage building foundations or drainage and water pipes but these issues are all addressed in the initial stages.

Excavation Work Code of Practice Sets the Standard

All our excavation work is performed to the standards required by the Excavation Work Code of Practice, approved under Section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Excavation work can be dangerous and a collapse can happen very quickly, endangering the lives of not only workers but also anyone close enough to be affected.

Hazard Identification is Site Specific

We identify any hazards before starting work, and put in place any control measures that are necessary. Typical hazards in excavations are earth or rock falls, inappropriate placement of excavated materials, hazardous manual tasks, and the presence of overhead power lines. This is not an exhaustive list, as every site must be individually assessed.

Getting on with the Job

Once we have the safety aspects covered, we get on with the job, with our experienced operators quickly carving out the soil and dropping it into trucks for disposal. We have already considered site conditions such as sloping land, different soil types, local weather conditions and the length of time we expect the excavation to be open.

Looking Forward to Next Summer

There are many more regulations and procedures we must follow until our part of the work is done, too many to detail here. Just be assured that when we excavate for your new pool, we exercise every care so you can spend next summer enjoying its benefits.

Expert Advice Needed Before Buying Pallet Forks

One of the many challenges facing business operators is the need to control operating costs while still maintaining productivity. The wide range of mechanical equipment now available has created labour saving opportunities for even the smallest operators and the most difficult locations. Their key to success is using the right equipment for the job.

Efficient Lifting Equipment Boosts Productivity

If a large part of your operation involves moving objects from one location to another, but a forklift truck is not suitable for your type of work, pallet forks may be the ideal equipment for the purpose. They are available in different sizes, so are suitable for working in both small and large spaces. Pallet forks offer a safe and productive alternative for moving heavy items when a forklift is not practical.

Dee Gees Bobcats has earth moving equipment and qualified operators available for general hire and for trenching, drainage and excavation work. We also have attachments to our equipment available for hire, including pallet forks, which attach to our bobcats.

Pallet Forks Suitable for Many Lifting Tasks

As their name suggests, pallet forks are ideal for moving pallets containing boxed, bagged or packed material. They are also suitable for landscaping and construction work, and for loading and unloading timber, fencing, bags of cement and other similar materials. On rural properties they are used for lifting and moving bales, handling fertilisers and many other tasks that once were done manually.

Overloading is a Safety Hazard

However, just like any other piece of equipment, they are at their most efficient when the size and composition of the pallet forks matches the type of work and the relevant load capacities. It is important that they are never overloaded, both from a safety point of view as well as also to prevent damage to the load. The carrying capacity, the weight of the load and the length of the tines should all be compatible with each other.

Many Variations Mean Expert Advice is Needed Before Purchasing

Pallet forks differ from each other in various other ways. Technically, they range from being a simple, manual piece of equipment to complex hydraulic items with attachments. Some are manufactured to be attached to a crane, some are height adjustable, with a prong spread either performed manually, automatically or hydraulically.

In fact, there is such variation in the types of pallet forks available that anyone looking to buy one should be getting expert advice from the supplier before placing an order. Cost will also be a consideration, with the simple, manual models being a much cheaper alternative than one with all the bells and whistles.

The pallet forks we hire out are compatible with our particular bobcat models. Rather than go to the expense of purchasing a set that may only get limited use, why not hire our equipment instead?

Using Pallet Forks in Construction

Construction projects, whether they are major or relatively small projects, require machines that will make the work much easier. Construction managers look to different earthmoving machines to do some of the work on the site. The efficiency of earthmoving equipment depends greatly on the attachments that are used.

To carry heavy loads of materials, pallet forks are used with the construction equipment. These attachments are very useful on the work site. They are used in many applications, including landscaping projects, industrial plant work, building construction and civil projects. Here are just a few of their benefits to the work site.

Ease of Use

Pallet forks provide the versatility that construction managers demand from every piece of equipment they use. With a little adjustment, the machine can be used to move heavy loads from one area to another. This can make the moving of construction materials from another part of the work site much easier to manage. Movements are done through the hydraulic system of the attachment.

The pallet fork is used to lift, carry and safely place the load onto a different part of the work site. The pallet fork can easily be adjusted from the operator seat.

Less Manual Labour

The pallet fork attachment is built to ease the workload on the construction site. Without the machines and the different attachments, labour costs will definitely be much higher. You will have to hire an additional workforce to move the materials. Consequentially, there can be issues as to the safety of the workers because they are made to do very heavy work.

Pallet forks help to simplify the lifting and transfer of heavy loads on the work site. Workers need only to be trained in the operation of the equipment and the adjustment of the pallet fork. If you are hiring equipment from a plant hire company, they will be in charge of operating the equipment for you.

Minimal Maintenance

Pallet forks of good quality are built to last for many years. They require minimal maintenance and repair. To make the most of the pallet fork attachment, make sure to check the quality and the reputation of the brand.

Pallet forks are essential attachments for earthmoving machines. They can make the workload lighter than it should be. For a more efficient work process, choose only pallet forks of the highest quality. Ideally, they should have passed stringent tests on strength and longevity. For the best in earthmoving equipment for construction projects, please call (07) 3375 5315.