A steel decking installer has found that selecting a new tool has sped up installation time and reduced strain on its staff’s backs.
Prodeck Fixing is an accredited installer for Corus Panels and Profiles’ ComFlor 225 system, an engineered flooring developed for use in multi-storey, steel framed buildings. Part of the installation process is to fix metal decking sheets to the structural steel frame, which involves fixing up to four pins into each metal sheet.
Previously, the installers were using a small, single shot tool to fix the pins. “We had to load it each time we wanted to fire a fixing. It was also smaller so we had to bend over every time we had to use it,” says Prodeck Fixing MD James Fisher.
As a result, the team looked for an alternative tool that would need reloading less frequently and be able to fix pins without the operator needing to bend over.
The firm selected the Spitfire P525L from tool manufacturer Spit. The new tool is larger than the previous one, which Fisher explains has reduced back strain on site. “It’s a stand-up tool, so now we don’t have to bend over to fix the pins anymore. Therefore there is less of a challenge from a health and safety perspective,” says Mr Fisher. “Also, because it has a slim profile it fits nicely into the body of the deck. Other tools that we’ve used do not, which can make the job difficult.”
In addition to the larger size, the P525L also has a 30-pin cartridge, reducing the amount of times it needs to be reloaded on a job. Mr Fisher estimates that the firm is now able to fix decking sheets 60 per cent more quickly than previously. “We have used the Spitfire P525L tool over a number of sites so far, and the upright working position means it reduces the user’s fatigue,” he says.