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Inspectors shut down unsafe KZN construction site

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 12:21

Life-threatening working conditions to construction workers prompted Labour inspectors to order an immediate shut down of a Newcastle site in KwaZulu-Natal today (Wed).

Released by Department of Labour on 09 April 2008

Life-threatening working conditions to construction workers prompted Labour inspectors to order an immediate shut down of a Newcastle site in KwaZulu-Natal today (Wed).

 

This followed the officials’ finding of extremely unsafe scaffolding at  Thashcrete Construction, ordering its immediate dismantling at the town’s Voortrekker Street, and served the supervisor with a prohibition notice that effectively stopped all workers from using the tool.

 

The scaffolding was erected on loose bricks by a non-competent person with no scaffolding supervisor being appointed on site.The workers were also working at dangerous heights without wearing the necessary safety harnesses.

 

The employer was also served with a contravention notice for failing to notify the department of carrying out construction work which commenced in November 2007. The employer also failed to keep a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, conduct a risk assessment and provide workers with personal protective equipment like overalls, safety boots, gloves and hard hats.No person with a first aid certificate was found to be available at the workplace.There were also no shower and sheltered eating area provided for the workers.

 

The employer was given seven days to comply with these contraventions





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