Sweat-free hard hats, self-erecting scaffolding and spotting skin cancers are some of the health and safety solutions, which would be aimed at the construction industry during the WA Safety Show, organised by Australian Exhibitions & Conferences (AEC).
The occupational safety and health event will run from Tuesday August 12 to Thursday August 14 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. A handful of the products that are due to go on display have been previewed.
Height safety innovation
The Ferno Arachnipod height safety device was recently awarded an Australian International Design Mark at the 2008 Design Awards and was shown on ABC television show, The New Inventors, in July.
Based on the concept of an industrial tripod, the Arachnipod adapts to existing structural or natural features by adding or removing components.
Using the patent-pending modular head, users can build the Arachnipod in a range of configurations such as a gin pole/monopole, bipod, tripod, quadpod, bridge system and handrail recovery monopole. An infinite number of additional legs can be fitted to increase the safe working load, making it suitable for construction industry work.
Saving the skin
Lifesaving technology of a different kind will be demonstrated by Molescan Australia, whose mobile scanning service visits workplaces across the country providing skin cancer scans for up to 100 people per day. Volunteers at the WA Safety Show would have skin checks at the demonstration stage each day.
Preventing impalements on reo and star pickets
Almost every new construction site has a forest of reinforcing bars and star pickets that can become killers in the event of a fall.
The rounded plastic ReoSok in high visibility colours, from Danley Construction Products, simply clamps over the top of exposed ends, removing the risk of impalement. The new ReoSok to suit large diameter bar will be released at the WA Safety Show.
Fire extinguisher training – real fires, no chemicals
The Bullex Xtreme ITS smart training extinguisher, from Safety Direct Solutions, puts out real flames without having to discharge costly dry chemical or CO2 extinguishers.
Flames from propane burners respond to ultrasonic signals from the tip of the fire extinguisher nozzle. If a trainee aims at the base of the fire and sweeps the extinguisher properly, the flames gradually go out.
Organisers say that weeks before the event, thousands of visitors from the building and construction industry has pre-registered to attend the WA Safety Show.
Regarded as a dangerous industry in Australia, building and construction industry has a workplace death toll twice the Australian average.
The WA Safety Show will run from Tuesday August 12 to Thursday August 14 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre and is sponsored by the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Government of Western Australia.