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Specialised contracting

Online since 28.06.2017 • Filed under Professions - Construction & Contractors • From Issue 21 page(s) 48-49
Specialised contracting

A certified asbestos removal and contracting company offers an innovative style of service delivery.


R&D Contracting, a BBBEE and certified asbestos removal company, adds a fresh approach to the industrial and commercial maintenance industry with a track record in providing roof refurbishments, removal and installations, including a vast number of production, manufacturing and commercial facilities.


Health and safety a top priority

Onerous legislation has been placed on asbestos removal and its disposal because prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. It is for this predominant reason that it has been declared a hazardous material and can only be removed by a certified asbestos contracting company that complies with the current legislation. Asbestoscontaining materials like cladding, sheeting and lagging have been used commercially in the past for their desirable physical properties, however, as the material degenerates over time the risks of contamination from the fibres increases.


‘R&D Contracting prides itself on bringing innovation to all their projects, ensuring that health and safety is at the top of their priority list at inception and during any project. Our contracting company subcontracts very little of our work and employs between 100 and 200 people, depending on the workload and scope of projects,’ says a company spokesperson.


Case study

R&D Contracting is known for its expertise in roof installation and sheeting and have been commissioned to safely remove the current sawtooth asbestos roof at the PMI Leonard Dingler tobacco factory in Boksburg. What makes this project unique, is that they used a first-of-its-kind method in the region to remove the existing asbestos roof and replace it with a unique pitched-roof structure.


This means that there will no longer be gutters at the factory, one of the largest failings of saw-tooth roofs. The roof structure modification will only allow for gutters on the perimeter of the manufacturing facility. R&D will also install a rain harvesting system once the project is completed so that rain water is filtered and used in the production processes at the factory. The project consists of four phases and is scheduled for completion in February 2018.


Other services

The company offers a range of dedicated services in addition to its asbestos removal specialisation. These include:

• Roof refurbishment and sheeting installation

• Industrial coatings

• Concrete spalling repairs

• Specialised access and netting systems


R&D Contracting boasts an impressive range of completed projects for various high-profile clients, including:

• AfriSam – infrastructure refurbishment project that tackled corrosion issues.

• ABI Devland – where a new roofing system that improved in-plant lighting and ergonomics was installed.

• Proof Engineering – Asbestos sheeting removaland a new roof installed.

• Coca-Cola Fortune – removal of existing failed roof sheeting, installation of new purlins, painting of existing purlins, installation of Saflok roofing material, as well as building a new forklift ramp.

• Nissan South Africa - implementing a new 54 000m2 roof requiring a pioneering approach.

• PFG Glass – installing silo spalling and buffer.


Safety first

When it comes to the removal of asbestos, R&D Contracting ensures that their staff members are medically monitored to ensure they have not been exposed to any harmful materials. A portable decontamination unit, with two separate change rooms and a shower, is established on-site and a water and electricity supply is fed to the geyser for hot water and lighting. Bidim traps capture any asbestos fibres during decontamination and are disposed of as indicated by legislation.


R&D Contracting

T +27 (0)11 021 5387

E remo@r-d.co.za

W www.r-d.co.za

Issue 21

Issue 21

July 2017

This article was featured on page 48-49 of
To Build Magazine Issue 21.

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