I often get asked how a company can manage EHS compliance when they are in a contractual relationship with a supplier under NEC4’s Engineering & Construction contract. As one of the most adaptable forms of contract, the ECC provides adequately for the management of EHS compliance. First and foremost, one needs to understand that the […]
Rudy is also an Author for Sheqafrica.com and was the Magazine's publisher until April 2018.
He worked for various industries, including law enforcement, fishing, transport, logistics, construction, and telecommunications. For the last 5 years, he has been a facilitator for ECSA accredited CPD training in Construction Contracts & Risk Management.
I recently received a call from a rather confused OHS practitioner who asked if Aluminum climbing equipment is a scaffold or not and if the legal appointments is necessary. According to an article published by a manufacturer, these “climbing equipment” is not a scaffold. The answer is however the opposite. The Construction Regulations defines a […]
I have recently been asked if the PAJA applies to private companies such as a Home Owners Association or Sectional Title Scheme. The question stems from an article in “Die Burger”, 3 November 2018, titled “Die 3P’s – Voldoen julle hieraan”, Sectional Title Scheme expert Tertius Maree, briefly mentioned three Acts of which the acronym […]
I recently received two calls from HSE consultants who wanted to double-check their own views. The first was about a Professional Engineer (ECSA registered) not accepting a Construction Manager appointed under CR8(1) having a dual appointment under Section 16(2) and eventually pulled rank on the outcome. The second was a question on a Safety File […]
I have been inundated by calls from clients on the impact of the Constitutional Court ruling on Cannabis and what employers should do next. I will briefly explain the implications of this somewhat controversial topic. The ban on private possession, consumption and private cultivation of the plant at home was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional […]
When it comes to claims for compensation, I have seen many debates on the issue of whether or not an accident arose out of an employee’s employment. In most cases this question is asked by the person responsible for accident prevention and keeping the DIFR at zero and for the purposes of refusing to report […]
Reports by Creamer Media in 2017 on the acquisition of Pinnacle OHS Holdings (July 17) and subsequently the acquisition of Quality Safety (October 17) by the Durban based BBF Safety Group, have raised some concerns amongst smaller role players in the consulting arena. Sheqafrica.com asked Rudy Maritz to unpack the legality and validity of these […]
In a recent Q&A session on social media, I asked a group of 4000 safety practitioners where the general duties of safety officers can be found in the OHSAct. The responses were scary to say the least, and the best one certainly deserves a mention. “Safety Officer doesn’t have legal duties, safety officer is an […]
South African Safety Professionals will soon need to brush up on their Risk Management Skills as the landscape of the profession is most likely changing in 2019. As the starting point of any safety intervention, the identification and classification of Hazards, has for many years been inadequately covered in the training modules available under the […]
The property sector has a vast array of legal duties imposed on it from the developer of property to the buyer and anyone in between has some legal obligation that needs to be met. I recently received a call from a client, asking how they should manage the application of the OHSAct and in particular […]