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Stamp out surface woes at onset
Up there with the toughest floor surface environments is that of the mining and resources industry.
The battering and mass nature of its use, and the machinery it homes, means it has to tick a plethora of boxes when it comes to durability, bulk handling in size and weight, lifespan, worker and site safety.
With the barrage of specifications and requirements of the environment, it is imperative mining and resources operations account for the importance of involving a contractor and a product supplier in evaluating the needs for heavy industrial flooring, an Australian expert says.
Flooring and wall specialist and Honestone director Rick Hendriks said when it comes to assembly and maintenance areas, mess kitchens and halls, amenities, walkways, ramps, and more onsite operations, it’s vital to get it right the first time.
He said shutdowns, due to flooring rectifications, are very expensive for all involved, and can be avoided with good decision making in the first instance.
“Consultations should involve expected chemicals to be used in the space, expected life span, expected equipment to be used on the floor, intended time allowed to refurbish or install the floor, identify future or possible problems and cleaning methods,” he said.
Mr Hendriks said there are significant differences in the range of resin/epoxy flooring that can be used – all specific the flooring space at hand.
“Some will handle high temperatures (thermal shock) where others will not,” Mr Hendriks said.
“Other criteria may be level of slip resistance, level of chemical resistance, high impact resistance, VOC (volatile organic compounds) as well as being able to withstand low temperature or damp substrate installation.”
Warranties, Mr Hendriks added, hold more weight when both the contractor and supplier are involved, especially when a site specific specification is put together by the product supplier.
“Bottom line is that the mining operator needs to cover all bases when it comes to safety, durability, life cycle expenses and cleanability, to hit the ground running – and keep it that way,” Mr Hendriks said.
To find out more about Honestone and its products and services, and to gain professional advice and tips, visit the website www.honestone.com.au or phone (02) 4353 0055.