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Volksblad construction work halted

Posted On Wednesday, 21 January 2004 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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OHS stops construction

Construction IndustryThe Labour Department has stopped the construction process at the site of the Volksblad newspaper's sheltered parking area in Bloemfontein as a result of serious contraventions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.

Department inspectors slapped contractors Wetbou Trust with prohibition notices halting all work because of serious problems with the scaffolding and a failure on their part to issue workers with Personal Protective Equipment.

Labour Department Service Delivery Deputy Director General Vanguard Mkosana, who is currently leading the inspection team warned that businesses and individuals who make use of contractors can not wash their hands of responsibility for the safety of the workers.

"There is a chain of responsibility in terms of OHS regulations, and the client, contractor and any sub-contractors all share liability for the safety of the workforce," Mkosana said. Mkosana added that the construction industry would remain an area of focus for inspectors for the year.

He also expressed concern at the implementation of the Employment Equity Act at Volksblad, saying that the non-representivity of staff composition indicated that this is also an area that requires attention. "The current situation - where 70 percent of staff are white - does not reflect the demographics of the country and needs to be addressed," he said.


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