Shot-firing! Knock it on the head
Ancon has launched a new ‘HAMMER-ON’ fixing to tie masonry to structural steelwork.
This new fixing is quick, simple and safe to install. It can be utilised either on a column with a tie or on a beam with an internal head restraint. Without the need for a power tool to be used the installation eliminates the dangers associated with shot-firing and drilling steel frames including exposing site operatives to Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV).
In the publication 'Control the risks from hand-arm vibration' the Health and Safety Executive advises employers to “look for alternative work methods which eliminate or reduce exposure”.
The Hammer-On fixing is one of six new, innovative solutions from Ancon that tie masonry to steelwork without site drilling. Each fixing either abuts the steel or attaches to the flange to restrain the masonry wall against lateral wind loads.
Ancon’s new NON-DRILL range has been welcomed by the Industry. Gerry Anderson, Construction Director of specialist brickwork subcontractor Irvine Whitlock Limited says,
“We have noticed an increase in the density of steel used on major projects. The difficulties of fixing traditionally with shot fire guns and self-tapping screws slowed down production and raised the issue of potential incidents. We have used Ancon’s non-drill ties on various projects. The fixing time is dramatically reduced and the work area is safer.”
The Ancon non-drill range comprises Hammer-on Ties, IHR-H Hammer-on Head Restraints, standard internal column ties, bespoke internal column ties, Briclok and Clamp-on Column Ties.
Successfully re-engineered by Ancon, the IHR range of internal head restraints can now accommodate gaps at the wall head of up to 75mm, extending the previous maximum of 50mm.
Ancon has been honoured at a Royal reception to celebrate its success in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the third Queen’s Award for the company.