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Zink SAFETY, ACCESS, PLANT & TOOLS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Update your toolbox Makita’s latest version of the 18v cordless drywall screwdriver runs up to a maximum 2500rpm – lower than its predecessor – but delivers greater driving torque from the Brushless motor, with a TEK screwdriver version now available for the first time. The new Makita DFS250 LXT drywall screwdriver with ¼” hex drive shank will drive home 5mm drywall screws, 6mm self-drilling screws and 90mm x 4.5 coarse thread fixings. This new Makita drywall screwdriver features Push Drive Technology where, with the lock-on button engaged, the motor will not rotate under no-load conditions, resulting in reduced overall power consumption. The drive will start rotating at full speed only when the screw is pressured on the board surface. Weighing just 1.8kg the Makita DFS250 is available as a body only machine or with two 5.0 Ah Lithium- Ion batteries in a Makpac case. The new Makita DFS251 machine is the TEK screw version, which offers all the attributes of the DFS250 and will power a 6mm hex screw socket. TEK screws are the core fixings for cladding and panel walling systems. The new Makita DPT353 LXT pin nailer takes 23 Gauge (0.6mm) size nails and can deliver 15, 18, 25, 30 and 35mm length nails. The DPT353 has a low reaction force mechanism which enables easier nailing of long pins. Makita recommends that a trigger safety lock should always be applied when the machine is not in use. It comes with an LED job light, soft grip handle, belt clip and battery fuel gauge. It is available with two 5.0 Ah Lithium-Ion batteries in a Makpac case, or as a body only machine, and replaces the DPT351 model. www.makitauk.com 084 MAY 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless The Mak1732 DFS250 drywall screwdriver The most comprehensive digital website containing all the latest news, views and technical information from within our industry. Visit www.rcimag.co.uk The weather and workwear Tracking weather patterns over the last few years has highlighted that our winters have been getting warmer with a decreased chance of snow, while our summers are much damper with the odd few days of sunshine. The long, hot summers of our childhood may seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for each and every outcome when on projects. What we can be sure of, is a mix of weather, be that wet and windy or dry and sunny, so it pays to be prepared. 1. Layer up - The obvious protection for a variety of building and construction environments is the use of layering. A standard t-shirt can be worn beneath a hi-vis vest or body warmer for example, and additional layering may be a hi-vis parka or bomber jacket. There are a number of potential options available and from a variety of different companies, so you are bound to find an option that best meets your needs. 2. Put a sock in it – while safety footwear specification shouldn’t change through the seasons, there are a number of things to consider. For example choose moisture wicking socks to prevent your feet getting too hot and sweaty through the warmer months. 3. Dry them out properly – if the weather does take a turn for the worse, it’s not only you and your clothes that need to be dried out properly, remember your footwear too. Damp leather, in-soles and inners certainly aren’t comfortable to wear and will make you feel cold on site. They are also more prone to mould and cracking – reducing their life expectancy. 4. Hang them out to dry – boot and shoe laces are the bane of many a safety footwear wearer, with the laces snapping and breaking easily. In fact, one of the biggest causes of laces breaking is them not being maintained correctly – if they get wet, remove them and dry them completely before re-lacing. Mould, mud and water will degrade the fabric over time, leading to them breaking and snapping. 5. It’s all in the eyes – when the sun is shining, we may all automatically reach for the sunglasses but check yours meet the required standards. A curved lens style will fit many facial shapes and sizes, but look for comfort with features such as rubber temples, look for scratch resistant lenses and make sure they actually protect you against the sun’s rays. VARIOUS ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! 6. Protect your head – when the sun begins to shine, it’s all too tempting to remove clothing items and hard hats to keep cool, risking your own safety. Where falling objects may be front of mind, also consider, the protection the hard hat is offering you against the sun’s rays. Safetywear is an important consideration in any weather, but the focus often seems to be on the relative of extremes of our island, be that the harsh winters or boiling hot summers. The reality, however, is that British weather is changeable, and we therefore need to be prepared no matter what it throws our way – rain or shine. www.supertouch.com As we all know, our weather here in the UK is somewhat changeable, so when it comes to protective workwear, how can individuals and businesses suitably prepare? Here, Stephen Beresford of Supertouch explores some of the key weather-related scenarios and some potential solutions Stephen Beresford, Supertouch: “The reality, however, is that British weather is changeable, and we therefore need to be prepared no matter what it throws our way – rain or shine” “Mould, mud and water will degrade the fabric” • Over 12,000 page views per month • Latest industry news • Blogs • Jobs • Latest product news • Technical articles Part of the Unity Media group of publications 01732 748059 www.rcimag.co.uk www.unity-media.com


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