You must know Construction Regulation 12 when conducting demolitions.
You see, in South Africa, Construction Regulation 12 of the OHSA governs the safety aspect of demolishing structures such as buildings and bridges.
Here's a breakdown of your requirements under this regulation...
Conducting demolitions: What you NEED to know about Construction Regulation 12 of the OHSA
Construction Regulation 12 of the OHSA requires you to take four actions to minimise demolition fatalities.
Before you begin the demolition process, implement the following four actions to greatly minimise the risk of incidents on your site:
What's a method statement?
According to the Health & Safety Advisor, a method statement is a written document detailing key activities to reduce hazards you've identified in a risk assessment.
This action map (method statement) is widely-used in blasting, excavating and demolition.
Important: In South Africa, the most common incidents that occur during demolition work (involving fatalities) are:
The following is a typical example of a demolition incident that lead to a fatality:
Three workers were instructed to demolish a double brick wall inside a building on the first floor. The wall was 3m high and 5m long. They were given sledge hammers as their tools for the demolishment.
After the incident happened, an investigation led to the following being discovered:
If the people who instructed the workers to conduct the demolition in the example cited above had complied with Construction Regulation 12 of the OHSA, a man's life may not have been lost.
Remember, Construction Regulation 12 governs the safety aspect of demolishing structures. Make sure you comply with it when doing demolition work.
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