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 […]
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.
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 […]
My first assignment as a Security Advisor was 15 years ago when I challenged the manager of a food retailer. He did not agree with my fees and I told him that he only need to pay me double the value of the items I will steal from his store. With a letter of agreement […]
The retail industry in South Africa are generally associated with large shopping malls, abundance of stores and long hours for bargain hunting, but getting into the retail industry as a business owner or franchisee is not a shopping spree. When starting a business or purchasing a franchise, most of us focus on profitability, getting finance, […]
Anyone who has been involved in the submission for approval of Safety Files or “bus tickets” as I call it, knows how frustrating it can be. In most cases your file is simply rejected without explanation or indication as to why. But this blatant rejection of files in itself is an illegal and unethical practice […]
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, called “initiators” are based on […]
In the past 5 years, countless professionals have attended courses I facilitated on Construction Contracts focusing on all four groups; FIDIC, NEC, GCC and JBCC. Out of the 1500, not a single OHS professional attended. The attendees were mostly Project Managers, Construction Managers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Architects and Contractors. And more than often the topic […]