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Don't let this fatal construction health and safety error be the reason your employee's family no longer has a bread winner

by , 02 May 2014
You're responsible for keeping your employees safe, and this responsibility is also to their families. If you don't follow the correct OHS regulations, you may not be fulfilling that responsibility. You could also end up making this one fatal construction health and safety error. The result; you'll have lost an employee and a family will have lost a bread winner. Follow this guide and prevent this from happening.

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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
 
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 
 
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Revealed: This is the #1 construction health and safety error that leads to fatal accidents

Construction workers make up only 8% of the workforce. They also account for 20% of deaths at work every year with one in every 200 construction workers dying. 
 
Stop Construction Falls says in 2010, 267 construction works died from fatal falls at work. That means 267 families list their bread winner because proper safety equipment wasn't use. 
 
Fall safety is an important part of construction regulations, but it seems to be drastically over looked. Falls are one of the five most common construction accidents. 
 
We've explained here, that to prevent these accidents you must have secure scaffolding, guard rails, ropes and harnesses. 
 
This is all required safety equipment and PPE such as a fall protection harness will definitely save a life.  
 
But how do you know when need fall safety equipment on your construction site?
 
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Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!
 
Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You're having to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.
 
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Find out if you need fall safety equipment on your construction site

To know if you need fall safety equipment you have to do a full risk assessment. This is applies to all possible risk and should be standard safety practice. 
 
But the best way to know if your employees need fall safety measure, is to answer this one question:
Do they work off of the ground at any height? 
 
If yes, then you need to install fall safety equipment, it's that simple. 
 
So make sure that you have the right fall safety equipment and make sure no more families lose their bread winners. 
 

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