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A large number of height safety assets are connected to the supporting structure with the use of rivets. Thorough inspection of these fixings is crucial in determining the assets’ structural capability. Rivet inspection is indispensable due to its profound impact on structures’ overall safety and stability. Rivets, although small, are instrumental in holding components together, making their integrity essential to maintain.

Height safety and rivet inspections in Melbourne are vital for various industries and businesses. This includes education facilities, retail precincts, construction companies, aged care facilities , , and manufacturing businesses.

If you are in Melbourne or surrounding areas, contact us for all your height safety inspection needs.

How To Know If Rivets Were Installed Correctly

Two Primary Issues with Rivets

How To Know If Rivets Were Installed Correctly

If a bulb-type rivet has not set correctly, , as evidenced by the stem snapping off too low ,insufficient strength of the fixing and may cause a catastrophic failure of the height safety asset

Another issue is the potential of water ingress due to the incorrect installation which may damage the building structure and contents.

How To Know If Rivets Were Installed Correctly:

  • The stem can be seen just above or below the top of the rivet head(max 5mm below).
  • The rivet has ‘bulbed out’ correctly.
  • The rivet is sealed off correctly.
  • If unsure, double-check by looking at the seal under the rivet. If it is squashed and the rivet feels tight, it has bulbed out correctly.
  • Note: It is recommended that silicone is applied if the stem is 3mm or more below the rivet head.

It is especially essential to be vigilant when the rivet has a large hole, or the stem is snapped off at the base. Such a scenario signals a potential catastrophic failure, with the rivet failing to bulb out correctly. This fault is easily identifiable by observing where the stem protrudes; a missing stem is a red flag.

How To Identify if Rivets Were Incorrectly Installed:

  • The stem is too far below the surface.
  • The rivet has NOT ‘bulbed out’ correctly and, therefore, has no strength.
  • The rivet is not sealed off adequately, which could pose potential water ingress issues.
  • The rivet can easily spin

NOTE – The root cause of this issue frequently stems from the ‘bulb’ being unable to expand as it comes into contact with the side of the roof sheet. To prevent this occurrence, the rivet must be placed centrally.

Remember, it’s crucial to check the rivets regularly. If you spot a dark hole in the rivet, as depicted in the attached image, replace it immediately. Ensure the riveter’s nose tip is correct for the 8mm bulb-type rivet. We have provided a downloadable document to reference causes and rectifications for rivet issues, and if you need our team to do a thorough inspection to ensure everyone’s safety, feel free to contact us.

The Dangers of Not Inspecting Rivets

Not inspecting rivets in workplaces or commercial buildings can lead to many potentially catastrophic consequences.

The Use of Go-No Go Gauge

The “go-no go” gauge is used to elucidate the 5mm pass criteria validation, which determines whether a workpiece meets the specified tolerances. A small amount of silicon seals the hole in rivets larger than 3mm but smaller than 5mm to prevent water penetration, thus maintaining the structure’s integrity.

For more information about rivet inspection and recertification, or if you’d like to request a quote, contact us today.

Benefits of Rivet Inspection

Rivet inspection offers numerous benefits to workplaces and establishments in Melbourne:

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Rivet Inspection FAQs

Rivet inspection thoroughly examines rivets used in structures to ensure their integrity and safety. It involves checking for signs of damage or wear that could compromise the structure’s stability.
Over time, rivets can deteriorate or become compromised due to environmental factors, leading to potential structural weaknesses. Regular inspections ensure that any signs of degradation are promptly identified and addressed, preventing catastrophic failures.

By choosing Anchored Height Safety in Melbourne for your rivet inspections, you’re investing in the safety and longevity of your structures.

Rivets come in various types, each with its unique application and functionality. The most common types include:

Solid Rivets (or Round Head Rivets) are the oldest and most straightforward type of rivets used in aircraft and structural applications.

Semi-tubular Rivets: They have a partially hollow shank and are used in leather, metal, and plastic works.

Blind Rivets (or Pop Rivets): These are used when one side of the workpiece is inaccessible.

Drive Rivets: These have a short mandrel protruding from the head and are used in soft materials such as wood or plastic.

Flush Rivets: They have a flat head that blends with the surrounding material, often used in aerodynamic structures.

Friction-lock Rivets: These are used in temporary fastening jobs.
Self-plugging Rivets: These rivets are used when a tight seal is required.

Each rivet type has been designed to meet specific needs, providing various industries with sturdy and reliable fastening solutions.

The frequency of rivet inspections depends on several factors, such as the type of structure, age, and the environmental conditions to which it’s exposed. However, as a general rule, inspections should be conducted at least once every year.
Certified professionals like Anchored Height Safety should conduct rivet inspections with the necessary training and expertise to identify potential issues and suggest appropriate remediation actions.
Inspectors look for signs of corrosion, loose or missing rivets, cracks, and any other damage that can compromise the structural integrity of a building.
They are crucial to ensuring the safety of the building’s inhabitants, compliance with regulatory standards, and avoiding potential financial and legal implications of structural failures.
If an issue is identified during an inspection, immediate action is taken to rectify it. This might include replacing damaged rivets or conducting further inspections to determine the extent of the damage.
Neglecting regular inspections can lead to structural failures, financial implications due to high repair costs, legal complications, and property value depreciation.

Choosing Anchored Height Safety for your rivet inspections is a decision that guarantees quality, reliability, and peace of mind. With a team of highly trained professionals, we are dedicated to ensuring the structural integrity of your workplace or commercial establishment.

Our inspectors meticulously assess every rivet, providing comprehensive reports that identify current issues and foresee potential problems. This proactive approach reduces the risk of sudden structural failures, saving you from costly repairs.

Moreover, our knowledge of regulatory standards ensures your establishment remains compliant, avoiding legal complications and penalties. Finally, our commitment towards safety and quality maintenance increases the overall value of your property—Trust Anchored Height Safety for your rivet inspections. We believe a safe workplace is successful.

Contact us if you need help with rivet inspections on your business premises.