The Department of Labour recently announced changes to Construction Regulations.
When the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant announced the changes this month, she said: 'The regulations provide a new legislative platform for addressing health and safety in South Africa and has implications for all stakeholders involved in construction,' Sabinet Law reports.
She added that the regulations are 'premised on stakeholders in construction projects working together in ensuring that projects are completed without any health and safety incidents.'
If you want to avoid delays, prosecution and paying penalties, it's best you comply.
What's the best way to do this?
To ensure you're complying with all the regulations, you must first understand what construction work is and if it applies to you.
If you do any of the below four activities, the new Construction Regulations apply to you!
#1: The erection, maintenance, alteration, renovation, repair, demolition or dismantling of or addition to a building or any similar structure;
#2: The installation, erection, dismantling or maintenance of a fixed plant where there's a risk of a person falling;
#3: The construction, maintenance, demolition or dismantling of any bridge, dam, canal, road, railway, runway, sewer or water reticulation system or any similar civil engineering structure; and
#4: The moving of earth, clearing of land, the making of an excavation, piling, or any similar type of work.
There you have it. If you do any of the work we've outlined, make sure you comply with the Construction Regulations to avoid penalties and prosecution. Also check out this article, it contains the six changes you need to know about in the Construction Regulations.
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