Posted on: October 12, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Fifteen construction companies are honoured for top occupational health and safety performance in 2011 by the Master Builders Assocation (MBA) Gauteng.

Builders of an office block at 115 West Street, Sandown, Johannesburg, have won the Master Builders Association Gauteng safety trophy for projects valued over R500-million.

Project site safety and health achievements won WBHO Tiber Joint Venture the MBA Gauteng FEM Super League trophy in the regional annual safety competition. The building is an office block for Alexander Forbes of 36 000 square metres, due for completion in October 2012.

Federated Employers Mutual Assurance (FEMA) MD Thelma Pugh handed over the award at MBA Gauteng premises in Midrand in August. “Providing safety equipment, systems and procedures is not enough to prevent site accidents if a company’s culture is not conducive to healthy and safe work”, she commented.

“Corporate attitudes and values regarding safe work are important factors that influenced the general approach to work and ultimately an oganisation’s health and safety performance”, Pugh said. “Management should embrace in a holistic way, interactions between working environment, equipment, systems, procedures and people.

“Companies are not in the business of safety, they exist to make profit for investors or provide services of value. Business goals are mostly aligned with productivity and increased profits, therefore most organisations fail to recognise health and safety as a strategic enabler of sustained economic growth,” Pugh said.

Board members must ‘walk the talk’

 “Only that which is demonstrated in the boardroom and by executive leadership is considered important. Executives should ensure that their corporate actions and behaviours clearly communicate safety as a priority. Executives should participate in safety committees, invest in training and equipment, and stay abreast of relevant legislation,” said Pugh.

“Health and safety is not just an intellectual activity to prove that we care about our workforce. It is s sum of contributions from stakeholders, from the boardroom to the lowest level that determines a company’s success.

Pugh advised construction companies to work with state, labour and service providers to make health and safety a shared mission and to realise its many benefits. “Prevention of pain and suffering caused by work is a major driver, and delivers productivity, commitment and enhanced reputation… nobody in this industry should be dying for a job.”

Construction safety leaders 2011

The top 15 awards made in the MBA Gauteng 2010 to 2011 competition, judged at various project size levels, are:

MBA Gauteng Super League Safety trophy, over R500-m:
WBHO Tiber Joint Venture for 115 West Street, Sandown

President’s Trophy, R200m to R500m:
Aveng Grinaker LTA for Medupi Power Station P35 A/C project

Contractors Trophy, R120m to R200m:
Stefanutti Stocks for KPMG Parktown building

Executive Director’s Trophy, R50m to R120m:
Tyris, for Wits Health Sciences building

MBA Gauteng Safety Committee Trophy, R20m to R50m:
Stefanutti Stocks for Patricia Road office block, Sandown

Ramsey Herd Trophy, R5m to R20m:
Siya Zama Gauteng for Vodacom Altech Altron premises

Universal Health Care Trophy, under R5m:
Belo and Kies Construction for Total Waltloo project

Concept Safety Systems Trophy for Best Manufacturer:
Aveng Grinaker LTA for Facades factory, Jet Park Boksburg

BCIMA Trophy for allied trades:
Wiehahn Formwork

Plant storage yards award:
Tiber Bonvec Construction for Village Deep yard

Best Occupational Health and Safety representative:
Nkolo Gerald Mabela of Johannesburg Scaffolding

Best Site HS Officer:
Shadrack Motladile of Tyris, for Wits Health Sciences building

Best OHS Manager:
Tiaan Labuschagne of Gordon Verhoef Krause Siya Zama

Best Contracts Manager:
John Borradaile of Stefanutti Stocks Inland

Best Sub-contractor:
Johannesburg Scaffolding for ABSA Towers, Pretoria.

A Special Mention award was made to WBHO Construction for a Master Builders Association Gauteng five star health and safety rating, with an audit score of 99.3% at its Grootegeluk Mine Medupi loadout area.

PHOTO; WBHO Tiber joint venture co director José Correia received the Master Builders Association Gauteng Super League Safety 2011 award with co director Wolfgang Neff, on behalf of their occupational health and safety team.

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