Fall protection plans

Hi Everyone,

I was reading an article this morning on the statistics of fatal and serious injuries in American construction sites. America takes safety very seriously yet many injuries occur.

10 000 serious injuries occured last year from falls alone and it got me thinking about South african construction sites.

Many companies that I work with that are trying to conform to safety regulations are merely happy to tick the boxes to be regarded as compliant.

If you take the fall protection plan as an example it is quite easy to download or copy a fall protection plan and put it in your safety file, and on some sights you may get away with this from the site safety supervisor. More often than not a good safety officer will pick up that the plan does not go further than being on paper and is not site specific.

An effective fall protection plan should be written for the specific site and the challenges you may face. These could be working on scaffolds in an ongoing developement, refurbishing an existing building and being at heights in doors or outdoors.

A fall protection plan also needs to take into account the specific team that is working on the site and as the site will continuously change the plan needs to adapt and get reviewed.

A fall protection plan needs to be communicated and trained with the staff on site and the correct safety harnesses and equipment need to be utilized. Even once the staff have been trained a supervisor shall check on a daily basis that the plan is being followed.

By doing this you shall minimize the risk of an incident, save lives and save yourself from being fined.

As a safety professional I have assisted and observed many contractors on construction sites and I realise the challanges companies face. Companies are pressed for time with deadlines causing more pressure and a faster work pace and by rushing anything mistakes and injuries are going to occur.

The large amount of construction contractors out there means that more often than not price may get you the job. This means lower profits and to pay a proffessional or to spend extra money on safety seems like a waste.

I urge you to take safety very seriously, rather spend the extra money on covering yourself and protecting your staff than answering a call about a death in your workplace.

Thank you for your time. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I will gladly assist you.

Think safe


Construction safety compliance for contractors

Hi Everyone,

I have been working with a few contractors on various construction sites and I have noticed how much confusion there is with safety complaince.

Being a contractor on a site holds very similar responsibilities to having your own office. You need to be aware of hazards you may face around you and the risks that may occur due to the work you are doing.

There are specific findings and procedures that you need to include in your safety file to start off compliant and then you need to carry out periodic checks to maintain compliant.

You need to conduct a thorough risk assessment of the work you are doing and the tools you will be using. This should be done by a compitent and trained person. This should also be communicated to all of your staff members that will be working on site.

Safety training should be provided for fire and evacuation to one in every 20 people and records should be kept in the training section of the safety file.

A company needs to write up a safety plan and show proof of enforcing and committing to keep the safety standards at an acceptable level. Along with the plan a specific site work plan shall be drawn up and submitted and placed in the safety file.

Safe work procedures and work instructions need to be drawn up this gives the workforce a step by step of how to work, this should minimize the risks of the activities being carried out.

Once the safety file has been approved by the principal contractor safety officer you need to continue with safety checks and assessments. An area checklist shall be done before work starts checking to see that there are no extra hazards in the workspace.

Weekly toolbox talks shall be given and participants shall sign attendance records and filed in the safety file. Incident investigations need to be done with every incident even the near misses.

Monthly you need to carry out safety equipment checks, electrical and handtool inspections, general equipment inspections and a monthly summary shall be handed over to the principal contractor.

Not complying to these steps can result in a fine per finding. By having a compitent person handle the initial training and the safety files for your sites you are able to avoid fines and possible stoppages in work because of non-compliance.

For any assistance please call and I can help you efficiently and cost effectively.

Thanks for reading.

Think Safety


Construction safety compliance

Hi All,

I work with a few contractors that are constantly on various construction sites. I have discovered that the principle contractors are coming down harder on their contractors to be compliant.

contractors are getting hit with fines daily because they are starting on the wrong foot and not managing to keep their safety files up to date according to the OHS act.

A few simple things can keep you out of trouble and keep your company steadily working without unnecessary interruptions.

Training, checklists, appointments, risk assessments and communicating safe working procedures are imperitive to survive the modern construction site.

She representatives should then be trained to carry out the weekly and monthly OHS functions to keep you compliant.

The safety file is your companies safety bible and needs to be specified per site to be effective. I have seen to many people copy and paste previous files to create a new file and they get fined or worse someone gets injured as a consequence.

Please contact me if you need assistance in safety compliance, it is affordable, relyable and will save you time and money in the long run.

Think safe.

Kind Regards