Posted on: September 20, 2007 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 1

Released by The South African Department of Labour on 03 September 2007

Improved safety conditions at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium construction site have persuaded Labour inspectors to revoke all prohibition notices they had served the contractor during an unannounced inspection on Monday afternoon.

On visiting the site at the invitation of the employer on Tuesday, inspectors found all areas of non-compliance appropriately rectified in line with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The prohibition notices which halted operations in certain sections on the site had been prompted by conditions that were of high risk and life-threatening to the health and safety of workers.

These had included erected scaffolding of two zones that were not rendered safe for use, an unsafe welding machine, excavator and tower crane as well as the provision of proper ladders, shoring and barricading of excavation work.

The employer subsequently indicated to the department that the issues raised in the prohibition notice had since been rectified and inspectors were requested to revisit the site to re-assess the remedial action they had put in place in order to have the prohibition notice revoked or not.

The inspection formed part of the national blitz inspection campaign which has been rolled out to various construction sites in different provinces throughout the country.In Kwazulu Natal, the blitz inspections on construction sites started last week, from the 20 August 2007 and is currently taking place throughout the Province with inspectors from all 16 Labour Centres inspecting construction sites.

The blitz inspections which are set to continue until the end of this week are aimed to reduce the incident rate in the construction sector that has been identified as one of the high risk sectors country-wide when it comes to injuries and workers being killed at the workplace.

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