- 12 important documents you must have when a DoL inspector shows up on your construction site!
- A DoL inspector can enter your construction site at any time - without any previous notice - to ensure your site complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Here are 12 documents to include in your health and safety file, for when he comes knocking on your door... 1. Health and safety specifications
Even though these specifications can often be located in the bill of quantities o... ››› more
- [27 January 2017]
- 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]
- You're liable for what your contractors do! So follow these four tips to help manage them on your construction site
- Contractors have various responsibilities on the construction site. These include:
· Providing workers with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
· Not allowing anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to step foot on the construction site; and
· Obeying all the road traffic rules when driving on your premises, including not driving recklessly ... ››› more
- [30 August 2016]
- Answer these 11 questions to ensure your health and safety file is ready for an inspection
- Most of us know that an inspector from the Department of Labour (DoL) can knock on the door of your construction site at any time for an inspection. And yet many employers still aren't adequately prepared for when it happens to them!
One of the areas in which these employers fail to comply with the most is their health and safety files. In other words, they don't contain all the correct docume... ››› more
- [17 August 2016]
- Ensure your contractor follows these two steps when a worker shows up drunk on your construction site
- Contractors on your construction site have several key responsibilities, like:
· Your employees are issued with the correct PPE and wear it; and
· Every worker and piece of equipment is insured;
But of all his responsibilities, arguably the most important one has to be about preventing any workers, who is under the influence of alcohol, from entering the premises. And with... ››› more
- [02 August 2016]
- Use this checklist before doing any lifting on your construction site
- Lifting any type of load, whether it's construction materials or equipment, or even people, is a big part of construction operations - not to mention extremely dangerous! All it takes is one little error which will lead to unwanted damage costs, employees getting hurt and ultimately your business being shut down.
And that's why planning is so crucial here!
So to help you prevent unwanted acc... ››› more
- [01 August 2016]
- Five contractor duties you're responsible for
- When you have a contractor on your site, you may feel like he is a completely separate individual, and that he's responsible for his own duties.
But that's just not the case! You see, thanks to the new Construction Regulations, you're actually responsible for your contractor's duties on the site. And that should anything go wrong, you're liable for your contractor's actions!
So make sure y... ››› more
- [10 May 2016]
- Ensure your sub-contractor is carrying out these 3 responsibilities or you'll be liable!
- Sub-contractors on your construction site have duties to perform. But did you know that, according to the new Construction Regulations, you have to ensure they're actually doing them?
You see, you're liable for what they do. And if they mess up, you'll be responsible for it! And that's something you definitely don't want on your hands.
So, to help prevent anything like th... ››› more
- [06 May 2016]
- The DoL inspector is coming for your construction site! Here are 3 documents you must keep for him
- An inspector from the Department of Labour (DoL) has every right to waltz onto your construction site and demand to inspect it.
There's no point trying to stop him, otherwise you could be arrested for obstructing his duties. And so all you can do is ensure that you're fully compliant before he ever arrives - which could be at any time, even tomorrow!
So, where do you begin?
One of the bas... ››› more
- [06 April 2016]
- Follow these 2 steps in order to comply with the new Construction Regulations
- An inspector can show up on your doorstep an any time to ensure you're complying with the new Construction Regulations (2014).
And if he finds out you're not, then he could very well present you with a contravention notice. Or even worse, he could shut down your site completely!
So it's absolutely imperative that you're fully compliant with all the new Construction Regulations.
Follow the... ››› more
- [07 March 2016]