In South Africa, there is currently a shortage of qualified occupational health, safety and environmental practitioners with specific construction industry knowledge and a proposed 10 day Skills program has been CETA Accredited to alleviate this skill shortage and raise the educational level in the Construction Industry. Experienced SA practitioners with 3 year National Diplomas and...
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 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 Tongaat Mall disaster in November […]
[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 aborted on 17 March, after […]
Since 2014, working in Construction Health & Safety has become a difficult task. This is because of the introduction of the Construction Regulations that stipulates a person who is to be appointed as a “Health & Safety Agent”, must be registered with the South African Council for Project & Construction Management Professions, a public protector...
Don’t be! In today’s world people are not reading any more. Think of the countless email messages that have been totally misunderstood. And people have become very pedantic, having issues with almost everything. We like to refer to them as “sensitive” persons; the kind of person who will attack you on social media and then […]
When you perform Health & Safety Induction, the question often arises, “what must be covered?” Rudy Maritz takes a look at what the Occupational Health & Safety Act says about “induction” and what must be covered. The term “induction” is not defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Act, 1993 of South Africa. In fact, […]
Many practitioners in the SHEQ field are marketing themselves as Consultants, and while they are in fact good at what they do, a finer look at their business operation will reveal that they are contract workers “between contracts”. They have a good looking website, a list of services and everything needed to be a “Consultancy” […]
Get Sheqafrica.com’s SheqDesktop and you will have instant access to all the documents and forms you need to manage your Health & Safety program. SheqDesktop is available to Windows and Mac users and it is easy to install. What you can access on SheqDesktop: OHS Policy Letters of appointments Risk assessment template Inspection forms Audit […]
The collapse of an excavation on 29 January 2018, resulted in the death of an employee and injuring two others in the line of duty at Masingita Mall construction in Giyani. The employees were working for AJCOR Civils, a contractor appointed to extend the mall. Preliminary investigations conducted by an Occupational Health and Safety Inspector […]