Hera Flooring Experiences Growth in the Provision of Floor Preparation Services

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South Yorkshire based floor preparation company Hera Flooring Ltd provides a wide range of floor preparation services in the UK and has experienced rapid growth in this area this year.

The company was formed in June 2009 by Jane Tamblyn who has worked in the industry for 8 years, previously as UK Branch Manager for Blastrac Global who manufacture floor preparation machines. Since setting up in premises in South Yorkshire, Hera Flooring has seen a steady growth. Due to Jane’s in depth knowledge of floor preparation, ability to work closely with clients, and capacity to deliver a perfectly prepared floor ready for coating both on time and within budget, Jane has managed to secure contracts from the onset. 2014 in particular has seen rapid growth in the provision of floor preparation services for the company.

Hera Flooring also provides equipment hire, sales of machines, parts and consumables as well as repair and servicing of customers’ own floor preparation machines. Hera’s contracting services specialise in captive shot blasting, single headed diamond grinding, planetary grinding, tile lifting and planing.

The company can oversee your entire project by providing trained and qualified operatives, some at NVQ level 3 Site Supervisor level. All of the company’s operatives have UKATA Asbestos Awareness certificates, a designated health and safety operative has the St John’s Emergency First Aid At Work certificate, all have the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card, some at Skilled Workers NVQ2 in Surface Preparation level and some at Construction Site Operatives level and all have CITB Health and Safety Passports. Hera Flooring is in the process of applying for CHAS accreditation.

From a health and safety perspective, Hera Flooring uses a range of dust free systems including dust free shot blasting machines attached to 3 phase dust collectors (this is known as captive shot blasting as opposed to open blasting where blast pots are used but are not attached to dust collectors). Additionally, all grinders and planers are attached to dust collectors. The benefits of using a floor preparation company which utilises dust-free equipment are both environmental as well as health and safety for operatives and site workers alike.

One of the most notable aspects of the company is that a risk assessment, safety statement and safety pack is issued before each new project commences. This includes a company representative organising and participating in a pre-site induction safety meeting attended by all operatives in which potential risks of a particular job are addressed. One example of this may include being extra vigilant and aware of asbestos and other toxic materials such as lead paint even if the surveyors report indicates nothing toxic is present. Most importantly it is stressed that operatives must use their own initiative and report anything that may pose a danger on site.

One of the floor preparation processes carried out by Hera Flooring Ltd is captive shot blasting which is in demand by a cross section of clients including blue chip organisations. The client may choose this process for one or more of the following reasons:

  •     To remove grease and grime from large factory floors and to clean and to produce a ‘key’ ready for a new coating to be laid. This increases the longevity of, for example, a new 2 pack high build epoxy resin coating which may be laid subsequently.
  •     To improve skid resistance on factory walkways.
  •     Removal of old dirty resin painted coatings from concrete workshop floors.

Hera Flooring is particularly suited for working in the pharmaceutical and food industries because they offer the aforementioned captive shot-blasting method. This ensures that dust contamination can be eliminated in food preparation areas. This is considered a key health and safety consideration. Additionally equipment in the chemical industry tends to be finely calibrated and dust contamination could be extremely detrimental to this type of operation.

One of Hera Flooring’s most recent clients is TMD Friction. After consultation with the Production Manager, Hera Flooring advised that in a factory environment where oily machines are used the optimal floor preparation process to improve skid resistance on walkways is captive shot blasting. This was achieved by using the Blastrac 1-15DS all-in one captive shot-blaster. This system is virtually dust-free; encapsulating dust through a flexible hose attached to a 3-phase dust-collector. Not only is this essential in a working factory environment, it fulfills the Green criteria in terms of recycling shot which may have otherwise escaped from the shot blaster and been unusable. Hera flooring is very aware of fulfilling not only its health and safety remit but also, in today’s world, it’s very important to fulfill environmental and Green criteria.

Peter Steed, production manager has told Jane T MD of Hera Flooring that he is pleased with the level of skid resistance on the factory walkways after shot blasting.

Not only has skid resistance been improved but captive shot blasting has provided a sufficient key for the new industrial floor paint which has been laid to adhere to the concrete slab. Hera Flooring provided TMD Friction with the most appropriate floor preparation application for their requirements.

To contact Hera Flooring Ltd to discuss your floor preparation requirements please call 01226 711323/07751 208404 or visit http://www.heraflooring.co.uk/.

Michael Greenwood of Internet Marketing Platinum http://www.internetmarketingplatinum.com has worked on Hera Flooring’s digital marketing since 2009. Contact the company if you’d like to speak about the development and implementation of a winning digital strategy for your business.

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