What Sort of Work Do Bricklayers Do?

If you have never been on a building site before, then you may be forgiven for thinking that all bricklayers do all day long is to lay bricks. Of course, laying bricks and building up walls with them is a big part of the job description for the average bricklayer. That said, there is much more to the job than meets the eye. Read on to find out the typical daily tasks that somebody working in the bricklaying trade would be expected to perform.

Benefits Of Contrasting A Kitchen Island Natural Stone Benchtop With Surrounding Counters

When designing custom kitchens, an island is a handy addition—as well as providing extra countertop and storage, it can house appliances and double as an entertainment hub. One question to consider is, should you install the same benchtop material across all kitchen areas, including the island? An alternate approach would be to cover the island with a beautiful natural stone that contrasts with the surrounding counters. Here are some advantages of doing the latter.

How to Make Wooden Staircases Safer

A plain wood staircase is a highly attractive addition to a home. Its clean lines and burnished tones look great. However, if you're about to install a new wooden staircase, you have to put extra thought into safety issues. Varnished wood doesn't have much, if any, grip. Your beautiful new staircase could easily turn into a safety hazard. It's easy to slip on wood treads. This is a tricky problem if you have kids at home.

Personal Safety Equipment: How to Promote Compliance on Construction Sites

Construction sites pose a lot of danger to the workers. In simple terms, accidents, injuries and illnesses occur often due to the exposure of the personnel to the harsh conditions. The hazards include the heavy equipment, dropping objects, falling from elevated platforms and even general pollution from dust, soil and construction materials. Therefore, it is important to implement essential safety measures and provide your employees with personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition, use the tips outlined below to promote compliance with PPE use.

Will Your New Office Structure Be Earthquake Resistant?

Earthquakes are a fact of life around the world, and Australia has its fair share. Indeed, there are about 100 large quakes throughout the country each year, and some, like the magnitude 6.5 that struck in 1968, have certainly left some scars. Due to the threat of these significant events, the government insists that contractors build certain structures to withstand such an onslaught. If you plan to start new construction, you need to make sure that it is certified accordingly, so what do you need to know?