- 10 Appointment letters you must have in your health and safety file to stay compliant.
- Managing a construction site isn't easy. That's why you need to manage the appointment of the right staff to help you.
When the DoL comes knocking, you need to be able to prove the competency of your health and safety team members.
For every new construction project you start, you must have an up-to-date health and safety file.
Here are 10 appointment letters the Construction Regulations ... ››› more
- [19 December 2016]
- Construction Safety: Six general safety requirements for jib cranes
- If you're in the construction industry and there's a crane accident, you risk employee injury or death, as well as damage to property and equipment. Keep in mind that these risks can result in huge costs, penalties, jail time and even business closure.
But how do you minimize these risks? That's what today's article is all about.
Cranes and safety: What you need to know
You get two kinds ... ››› more
- [27 May 2015]
- Ten principal contractor responsibilities you must include in your Construction Health and Safety Specifications
- When it comes to drawing up a Health and Safety Specification for construction, the responsibilities of the principal contractor are essential.
Today, we're taking a look at what responsibilities you should include in the Health and Safety Specification when it comes to your principal contractor as set out by Construction Regulations 2014.
Principal contractor responsibilites he must meet
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- [20 May 2015]
- Ensure compliance with safety regulations by monitoring and reviewing your Health and Safety Plan
- Your Health and Safety Plan needs to be dynamic so you can respond to changing circumstances and easily implement new safety regulations.
For this to happen, you must ensure your Principal Contractor performs regular safety audits on the construction work he does.
And you must ensure your Health and Safety Plan provides a safe and healthy environment for everyone on site.
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- [04 May 2015]
- What is a Health and Safety Specification and why do you need one?
- When it comes to the OHSA, no aspect should be overlooked.
This is why we're tackling the issue of health and safety specification and its importance.
What is a Health and Safety Specification?
A Health and Safety Specification is a site, activity or project specific document that you must prepare with all health and safety requirements relating to construction work (Construction Regulat... ››› more
- [21 April 2015]
- Dear employer: Do you know your sub-contractor's health and safety responsibilities?
- According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as an employer, you're responsible for the health and safety of all persons on your premise. In the construction industry, for instance, it's very likely that you'll the the client of a sub-contractor.
Do you know your sub-contractor's health and safety responsibilities? Are you sure he's following them? Let's take a look:
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- [10 March 2015]
- Warning: These three every day construction hazards put your employees in the most danger! Here's how to protect them
- When you think about construction accidents, you probably think of graphic horror stories. Of workers falling of six story cranes or meeting a grizzly end in a cement mixer.
But what if I told you that most construction site accidents happen because of far more ordinary reasons?
Your construction workers are more likely to have an accident because of a slippery floor than fal... ››› more
- [08 December 2014]
- If you don't take these eight steps before you start your construction project, the DoL may shut you down
- Construction work is very dangerous. That's why you have to take the right steps to implement health and safety on site before you even start your construction project.
That's why the Construction Regulations 2014 clearly outlines what you have to do to make sure your construction project is safe. If you don't comply with these regulations, the DoL may stop your project midway and that could c... ››› more
- [01 December 2014]
- If your employees use cranes at work, you must put these six general safety requirements in place
- Cranes form an essential part of any construction site. You simply couldn't operate your building site without them because of the large amount of heavy material you have to move from one area to another.
But cranes also pose a huge danger.
In the US alone there are, on average, 150 crane accidents per year.
Here in SA, statistics aren't available, but considering how lax we are with com... ››› more
- [14 November 2014]
- There's no substitute for testing when it comes to checking the strength of your building materials
- What kind of concrete do your site managers tell your employees to use? Is it good quality? Will it be strong enough and tough enough to hold the building you're constructing? You won't know the answers to those questions while it's still in its bag in powder form.
That's why, you have to do strength testing on all your concrete support structures as your building process goes along.
This ca... ››› more
- [22 August 2014]