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BUILDING: Plans To Curb Injuries


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In an attempt to curb injuries and fatalities in the construction industry in the Western Cape, the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) has introduced several training programmes to assist builders at any level to remain safe and healthy at work.

According to Rob Johnson, Executive Director of MBAWC, their Occupational Health and Safety Department has decided to up safety initiatives for 2009 and developed numerous training programmes in order to increase on-site safety. “With the financial support of The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), the MBAWC is not only offering a free advisory service to all members but has also employed an additional Occupational Health and Safety Advisor to concentrate on the Boland and Overberg area, offering the same free service to members and FEM policy holders in that area.”

Deon Bester, Occupational Health and Safety Manager for MBAWC says that in an ongoing effort to improve the safety of workers on site, the MBAWC, in conjunction with Rural Resources Management - a company that specializes in safety awareness training in South Africa and Europe - has developed  a health and safety awareness training programme,   for the construction industry..

“This programme called the passport to construction caters for all levels of construction specialists from entry level to supervisory staff. The programme is classroom based and takes four hours to present. The good news is that the program can either be presented at the MBA, on site, or at the offices of members - resulting in a minimal loss of production time to the contractor.”

The programme covers the following, and more:

Employer and employee responsibilities

Personal protective equipment

Emergency procedures

House keeping

The programme also contains numerous animations, used to emphasise specific points across cultural boundaries.

“Upon completion of the course employees must complete an assessment exam which will be used to determine the level of understanding of each employee. All employees attending this training will also receive a photo ID card valid for 2 years; thereafter they will be required to attend refresher training,” says Bester.

According to Bester, the MBAWC has also developed several other MBA accredited training courses targeting construction safety officers and smaller contractors, to provide them with the tools to develop and manage safety on site and information pertaining to their responsibilities and the law, respectively.

“The lives of our work-men and women are of vital importance and we feel that more needs to be done to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in the construction industry, especially when on site. By offering this training at a nominal fee we are doing our bit to reduce if not eliminate fatalities in our industry,” concludes Johnson.

For further information on these and other safety courses offered by the MBAWC please contact Deon Bester at the offices of the MBAWC or via e-mail.

021-685 2625

083-262 9868

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