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Three steps to achieve construction site safety

by , 21 May 2014
Following the construction regulations can seem like a daunting and long process. If you don't know where to start, it can be just that. If you forget just one of your construction safety obligations you'll face serious consequences.

You need a system that will help you work through every obligation in a seamless way.

The good news is we have the solution. With these three steps, you can get it done as easily as one, two, three...

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. 

Fulfil your safety obligation with these three steps

There are lots of obligations you have to fulfil when it comes to your construction site safety programme. But you can group them under three basic groups:
1. What risks you need to look for ( these are workplace hazards on your construction site);
2. What you need to provide to prevent these hazards; and
3. How you must train employees to protect themselves or others while working on the construction site.
If you group your obligations under these groups, you have your three steps.
Let's look closer at what you need to do in each step.
Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 

The Health and Safety Advisor gives you this advice on the three steps to construction site safety

Step one: Look for workplace hazards. You have to do a risk assessment as the first step in your risk management plan. You'll be able to see the kinds of hazards on your construction site with a risk assessment.
Step two: Prevent these hazards (or provide protection from them). This is where PPE becomes so important. Remember PPE isn't just clothing. It can even include safety signs and emergency equipment, and helps protect employees from injuries at work.
Step three: Train employees to protect themselves on your construction site. You must do regular toolbox talks with your employees. You also must provide first aid training to a chosen first aider. This training is so important for employees to keep themselves and each other safe.
As you can see, fulfilling your obligations and complying with construction regulations is much simpler when you follow these three steps. Implement them today to keep your construction site safe. 

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