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Nine people die after construction site building in Meyersdal collapses! Here's how to prevent a similar tragedy on your site

by , 20 August 2014
The Tongaat Mall collapse last year raised a lot of questions about construction safety. Now another building collapse, this time on a Meyersdal construction site, has highlighted the need for improved construction safety.

The collapse resulted in nine deaths and seriously injured eight workers. These accidents can come out of nowhere and you may feel helpless to prevent them.

But you can! Here's how...

 

Here's what you can do to prevent building collapses on your construction site

 
One of the most important things you can do on your construction site is to test all the support structures. All it takes is a bad batch of cement and those support structures may be unable to do their job of hold the building up.
 
You must do strength and hardness testing on all the concrete structures. This will help you determine whether or not the concrete can actually hold the weight of the building. 
 
If it can't, remove those support structures and put in new ones, then test them as well. 
 
But that's just one thing you must do. Here's the second...
 
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Is your site compliant with the new Construction Regulations 2014?
 
 
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To stop building collapses causing fatalities, always be observant

 
If a collapse happens on your building site, you need to find a way to prevent it from causing a tragedy like the Meyersdal collapse did.
 
The best way to do this is to always be observant. You need to watch for problems, check building work and be in constant contact with your safety officers and health and safety representatives. These are the people who'll inform you of any dangers on your construction site.
 

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