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Stop and stair: Australian stair regulations in contemporary designs

Jun 29, 2018 Posted by Dane Latham

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Stop and stair: Australian stair regulations in contemporary designs

It’s an exciting time to be designing staircases. From transparent stairs to giant spiral staircases, architects have more choice than ever. Staircases are no longer just a functional feature of a building: they’re a central element of the design.
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Should you hire overseas contractors in 2018?

At Latham we’ve had the good fortune of having all of our stair and flooring product manufacturing needs met by Australian workers. However, some organisations in the construction and manufacturing industries don't have the same luxury, with many facing constant skill shortages and budget constraint...
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Study up! 5 steps for tactile indicator stud installation

Tactile indicator studs are an essential tool for ensuring pedestrian safety in busy or slip-prone areas. They also help anyone who is blind or visually impaired to navigate the world; by warning people when they are approaching a hazardous situation, such as stairs or a train platform, as well as p...
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Stay grounded: A guide to Australian floor coverings standards

Floor coverings can pose many OH&S risks. Highly polished or slippery floors cause falls in wet weather conditions, reflective surfaces trigger migraines or confusion for those with visual impairments, and poorly secured floor surfaces or obstructions can cause access issues for people with mobility...
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Designing sustainable architecture for natural disasters

The figures are staggering enough: from the 1980s to the last decade, weather-related damage has risen from losses of about $50 billion annually to nearly $200 billion every year. And there’s more to come, with the CSIRO warning that the cost of replacing buildings exposed to extreme weather events ...
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6 safe design principles to consider for your next project

During the planning, design, and construction phase of any project, safeguarding the property from potential risks is critical to the project’s success.
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11 Safety Measures Every Construction Site Should Have In Place

All employers have a responsibility in protecting the health and safety of their staff, regardless of their occupation or industry. For construction workers, who are exposed to high risk environments, there are additional dangers which must be considered.
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6 after market upgrades for a safer environment

As contractors, employees and stakeholders in the constructions industry, we have a mutual responsibility in ensuring that buildings meet safety standards so that preventable injuries and damage is avoided. Building a safer environment should never be an afterthought, but in some cases — such as old...
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The impact of climate change on mechanical expansion joints between concrete slabs

Climate change adaptation strategies have become increasingly important to Australian engineers, architects and designers in order to remain competitive in the construction industry. While some people remain sceptical of the impact of global warming, the fact is that investors are now looking ahead ...
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Are Cheap Safety Product Substitutes Really Worth It?

When it comes to a new construction project, your clients will typically have one goal that will supercede all others; for everything to be as cheap as possible, and for the whole project to be within - or dare we say it, under budget. As a result, contractors and tradies in the construction industr...
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How do architects, builders and tradespeople work together to reduce safety risks in construction?

Teamwork is not about tedious staff planning days spent enduring dated trust exercises and falling backwards into the arms of your colleagues. When we're thinking about serious safety concerns and how they manifest in the construction industry, the importance of effective teamwork becomes clear. But...
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How to maintain your current workers' compensation insurance

Maintenance of your Workers' Compensation is not a choice for Australian employers; under occupational health and safety (OHS) and work health and safety (WHS) laws, it's a legal obligation...and one designed to protect both employees and your business from potential harm.
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