Murray and Roberts may be held criminally liable for Jo'burg bridge collapse! Prevent this from happening to you with these 7 steps
According to The Citizen, construction company Murray and Roberts, and three other companies, could be facing criminal charges next year due to possible negligence around the recent bridge collapse in Johannesburg which killed two and injured several others.
Not only has Murray and Roberts's shares taken a heavy knock, but even more repercussions will follow if it's found to have been negligent.
But, what does this mean to you?
It's a warning to you and all other companies - prevent any accidents from occurring. If you don't, and turn a blind eye, you could be held criminally liable!
Here are 7 steps you can use to prevent accidents in your workplace and save you from being held liable.
Do a thorough risk assessment and involve all employees about what they consider to be a risk in the workplace, or on the construction site for that matter.
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Carry out a task safety analysis on all medium to high-risk work performed.
Develop and implement safe working procedures for all of your employees, especially those who work in medium to high-risk zones.
Make a list of the safety rules (the Dos and Don'ts) from your safe work procedure.
Develop safety talks on tasks which could result in harm or loss.
Train your employees on all the risks and hazards identified in your workplace.
Do monthly inspections of your workplace – this includes your tools, equipment and machinery.. Train your employees to do their own little safety inspections in their work areas, and to report any potential risks or hazards immediately.
Health and safety in the workplace is vitally important, and should never be taken lightly. As you have seen in the above-mentioned news, accidents are just waiting to happen, and if you don't take proactive steps in order to prevent them, you could pay a massive price – not just in money, but in something invaluable, namely life.
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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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