MBSA construction health and safety awards 2015

About 34 building sites entered the Master Builders SA 2015 Construction Health and Safety awards.

Pierre Fourie, Operations Director of MBSA, said entries range from refurbishment of the oldest building in the country, the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, to the construction of the most modern and challenging projects.

Among the projects entered are new buildings at four academic institutions, a new school, construction projects at two power plants, two refineries, medical facilities, and several commercial and industrial projects.

The construction health and safety awards had its origins in 1963 when the first Building Safety Competition was held by NOSA, in collaboration with the Master Builders Association in Natal province.

The only facet then adjudicated was housekeeping. In 1964, it became a national competition and extended to two categories: Building, and Allied Trades.

The Master Builders SA safety competition is open to MBSA members and Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) Assurance policy holders.

Judges for the 2015 Master Builders SA Construction Health and Safety Awards are Tiandré du Preez, Tony Putter (auditors at ASHREQ Health and Safety Services), and Deon Bester (OHS Manager at MBA Western Cape).
Judges for the 2015 Master Builders SA Construction Health and Safety Awards are Tiandré du Preez, Tony Putter (auditors at ASHREQ Health and Safety Services), and Deon Bester (OHS Manager at MBA Western Cape).

Each of the Master Builder Associations in South Africa holds regional competitions and their winners are entered in the national competition. About 250 employers participate.

The competition has 10 categories. MBSA appoints independent, qualified and experienced auditors to assess the sites, using the Master Builders audit system.

About 45 sites are entered every year,, and judged when work peaks.

The awards will be presented at an FEM /Master Builders SA dinner in September 2015 in Johannesburg, at the annual Master Builders SA Congress.

Master Builders South Africa is a voluntary organisation, to promote the viewpoints and interests of the industry, to promote the highest quality and standards through excellence in service to its members, engaging government and legislative bodies on national policies that affect the industry, to create a sustainable building industry in South Africa.

• Sources; MBSA.

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