A construction company was closed down and certain services were stopped at two sites by labour inspectors in Polokwane because they did not meet the country’s safety and health standards, the Department of Labour says.
“We have closed Hill View Trading cc because during our inspection we made findings that their form work and support work was not as per SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) codes and there was an immediate danger of the building collapsing,” said labour inspector Rachel Aphane in a statement.
Aphane said the department was also forced to close Sanyati Construction, also in Polokwane, because it was discovered that some operators of machinery did not undergo medical examination, a noise survey was not conducted, there was no provision of relevant Personal Protective Equipment, and supervision of the work operations on a daily basis was inadequate.
Workers were evacuated from an A1 Building site in Polokwane, because their overalls and boots were totally worn out, and their health and safety file was found to be a dummy.
“It must be realised that on these two projects, only some activities have been halted, not the whole operation,” Aphane said.
“Construction is a versatile sector and many employees are exposed to unsafe working conditions. Nevertheless employers are forced to comply with the provision of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, as ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”