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Temporary Suspended Platforms

Temporary Suspended Platforms – Regulation 17 Construction Regulations 2014 cover various aspects, but one of the most dominant is regulation 17. Regulation 17 of the Construction Regulations covers inter alia, supervision and the necessary appointments, professional engineering / designer requirements, preparation and submission of operational documentation, quality and strength of materials being used, reaction forces and […]

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Safety ethics – Shades of Grey?

The practice of safety often has an ethical component. Often, the most ethical route is obvious, such as the choice between a legal option and an illegal one. Other times, multiple considerations may cloud a decision. As Chris Marlowe, health and safety manager at Cambridge, MA-based CDM Smith, said, “We’re trying to optimize several parameters […]

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The sun is setting on South Africa’s construction industry

South Africa’s once-thriving construction industry is crumbling. On Tuesday, Group Five – one of the largest builders in Africa – filed for bankruptcy protection after its creditors pulled funding. Group Five was founded in 1974. It employs 8000 people. The JSE has suspended trading in Group Five shares. They last traded at 89 cents, giving […]

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Change Management Office (CMO) – Enabling change readiness in organisations

8 March 2019 / 9:00There is a lot of research on Project Management Offices (PMOs). A PMO enables an organisation, or parts of it, in managing projects and programmes by creating standards, training and coaching people in applying those standards, planning and controlling the portfolio of activities in a respective part or all of the… […]

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OSHRC Holds Integra Health Management Accountable for Workplace Violence

  Integra Health Management is to blame following the death of a worker who was stabbed during a home visit, according to the  Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). The social service employer was cited with multiple safety violations after the employee was stabbed nine times left bleeding on a front lawn after a December […]

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Employers using all tricks to circumvent labour laws – CCMA

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has called on the Department of Labour inspectorate to join forces to clamp down on the growing practice of deliberate circumventing of the labour laws. CCMA Legal Researcher: Office of the Director, Wilbur van Niekerk said there was a growing trend used by employers of using every… […]