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  • Israel Clamps Down on Construction Industry in Bid to Stop Work-related Deaths

    After 11 construction workers were killed since January 2018, a pilot project now imposes the closure of building sites where ‘acute dangers’ are found. The Labor Ministry has decided to shut down 30 construction sites where acute dangers were found, even if nobody has been hurt there. Until now, it …Read more…

  • What to expect from the fallout following a catastrophic jobsite incident

    Structural failures and other jobsite disasters can lead to financial and legal problems — as well as damage to the contractor’s reputation. On many construction projects, there is a risk of a worker being injured or a structural failure while the job is in progress. But for most contractors, those …Read more…

  • ToolBoxTalk breaking new ground in Safety Awareness

    ToolBoxTalk is taking to the launch pad, with a customised solution to improve safety communication. South African based developing company, Cygma Solutions have embarked on a rather innovative way to improve safety communication using mobile apps. The company is keeping its development closed to scrunity, but from an initial test …Read more…

  • Three died in second KZN building collapse

    The Department of Labour has issued a prohibition notice against the construction site in Jacobs, South of Durban, where three workers died and five others were seriously injured yesterday when the building collapsed at the corner of Chamberlain and Manchester roads in Jacobs. The scene immediately brought back memories of the …Read more…

  • Listeria claims another 5 lives

    Just weeks after South Africa announced the biggest listeria outbreak in world health history, Australia fell victim to this deadly biological agent. A variety of cheeses made in France and sold in supermarkets and retail stores around Australia have been recalled today following concerns of a potential Listeria contamination in …Read more…

  • Fatal crane incident in Morocco

    21 March 2018 – Casablanca Two men died and another was critically injured yesterday morning when a tower crane collapsed on a building site on the north side of Casablanca, Morocco near the suburb of Ain Sebâa. Information is sketchy, but it seems that the crane collapsed with the jib …Read more…

  • Mpumalanga Pick n Pay blast hospitalises 10 workers

    More than 10 workers from a Pick n Pay in Barberton, Mpumalanga, have been rushed to Barberton General Hospital, following a blast at the supermarket, Barbeton Times reports. According to the workers, the incident happened in the bakery at about 11.40am yesterday. The blast also affected the butchery section. Those …Read more…

  • ARC FLASH – IS YOUR INDUSTRY AT RISK?

    Over the years I have come up against this problem about 5-6 times. In 50% of the times I have been castigated for even bringing up the question, however when doing HSE commissioning I have never had a problem. I have “witnessed” 2 deaths due to arc-flash, one in South …Read more…

  • SHOP STEWARD MISCONDUCT – Where do you draw the line between a shop steward’s duties as a union representative and duties as an employee?

    SHOP STEWARD MISCONDUCT – Where do you draw the line between a shop steward’s duties as a union representative and duties as an employee? There’s a built-in conflict between the two roles so it’s often difficult to clearly define exactly where the line lies. As an employee, the shop steward …Read more…

  • Engineer advised of cracking on bridge two days before collapse

    (CNN) An engineer for the company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people, left a voice mail two days earlier for a Florida Department of Transportation employee advising there was “some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span.” The state …Read more…

  • Bridge Collapse kills six; trap eight cars – ABC Fail!

    [updated 17 March] MIAMI — Six people were killed when a pedestrian bridge hailed for a novel construction method collapsed Thursday over a busy road west of Miami, crushing eight vehicles and leaving rescue workers racing to free victims from chunks of concrete and snapped metal. Search and rescue operations were …Read more…

  • Department of Labour – the wheels are coming off!

    Johannesburg – The Department of Labour is allegedly in a shambles, hit by a string of resignations of senior managers and failing to meet performance targets. At least 10 managers are said to have resigned in just a year because of what insiders say is a toxic environment of verbal …Read more…

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – a new risk in dental care

    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis or IPF is a form of chronic, progressive fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause. IPF is associated with histopathologic and radiologic patterns of usual interstitial pneumonia in the absence of other known causes of interstitial lung disease and is characterized by unexplained slowly progressive dyspnea that can …Read more…

  • ISO 45001 is now published

    ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, provides a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. Designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries, the new International Standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around …Read more…

  • STOP! – Read the signs

    The word “stop” has one meaning. To cease an activity. When you drive along the road and a traffic  light turns red, you respond to two things. The instruction to bring the vehicle to a standstill, and the presence of danger of other traffic being allowed to drive. These things, …Read more…

  • HSE System Efficacy Verification Protocol

    Cape Town: The Cygma Group today announced the introduction of their HSE system efficacy evaluation process to be introduced in South Africa. The process is designed to measure the effectiveness of a management system within an organisation as a measurement for improvement and further development of the system itself. The …Read more…

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