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Play by these six safety rules when it comes to temporary works or you'll be in contravention of Construction Regulations 2014

by , 02 April 2014
Earlier this year, the Department of Labour (DoL) introduced the new Construction Regulations to help improve health and safety standards in the construction sector. And the penalties for non-compliance are high. If you want to avoid being on the wrong side of the DoL, make sure you follow these rules when it comes to temporary works.

What are temporary works?

Temporary works are the parts of a construction project you need to enable permanent works to be built, says the Health & Safety Executive.

The site adds that because the temporary works are removed after use, it includes things like 'access scaffolds, props, shoring and excavation support.' Sometimes, however, the temporary works structure is incorporated into the permanent works.

So what are the safety rules when it comes to temporary works?

 

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Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?

If a fire breaks out in your building, would your employees know what to do or how to use the fire extinguisher?

 

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Construction Regulations 2014 have this to say about temporary works

#1: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that, in terms of Construction Regulations 2014, you (the contractor) must appoint a temporary works designer in writing to design, inspect and approve the erected temporary works on site before use.

#2: Construction Regulations 2014 require you to ensure that all temporary works operations are carried out under the supervision of a competent person.

#3: According to Construction Regulations 2014, a contractor must ensure that all temporary works structures are adequately erected, supported, braced and maintained by a competent person.

#4: You must ensure that drawings relating to the design of temporary works structures are on site and are available on request to an inspector, other contractors, the client, the client's agent or any employee.

#5: In terms of Construction Regulations 2014, you must ensure that all equipment used in temporary works structure are carefully examined and checked for suitability by a competent person, before they're used.

#6: Proper training is crucial when it comes to temporary works. Construction Regulations 2014 state that you must provide training to everyone that's required to erect, move or dismantle temporary works structures.

The DoL is serious about health and safety in the Construction industry and will punish you if you don't comply. So make sure you're in line Construction Regulations 2014 now that you know the safety rules for temporary works.



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