Posted on: September 4, 2007 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

The results of a series of construction site inspections show that only 34 percent of the companies or sites visited in the Western Cape complied with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The inspections ran from August 27 to August 31 and 13 occupational health and safety inspectors initially targeted 130 sites in Cape Town, Bellville, Worcester, Somerset West, Beaufort West and Vredenburg. The department managed to inspect 107 of these sites.

A breakdown of notices issued included 315 contravention orders, six improvements and four prohibitions.

Amongst the most common contraventions were the improper use of scaffolding, lack of personal protective equipment, no first aid or emergency apparatus on site and the improper running of a site specific to risk management.

Companies also disregarded the act in other areas, such as the absence of a health and safety file, no designers’ inspection reports, which speak of the safety structure of a project, failure to report incidents to the department, while a number of companies simply failed to carry a copy of the act.

Apparently the Department of Labour’s visit to the GrandWest Casino site where an arena is being constructed didn’t go too well. Four contravention notices were served.

Read Jade Witten’s article in the Cape Argus to learn more about the GrandWest visit.

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