Seminar to slash the number of accidents on Western Cape building sites

Only a quarter of the way through 2018 and already there have been 412 accidents on Western Cape construction sites, with six fatalities and 58 people left permanently disabled.

This is according to figures from the Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), which provides workmen’s’ compensation insurance to employers in the construction industry.

Deon Bester, occupational health and safety manager at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC), says: “These figures are unacceptably high. We should be striving for zero fatalities and zero harm. Based on my experience, education can go a long way towards eliminating accidents and achieving this target.”

To this end, the MBAWC will be hosting a seminar on June 20 for mid-level management from Western Cape construction companies, where industry experts will deliver talks on a variety of health and safety related topics including:

  • COIDA (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act).
  • Ethics in health and safety.
  • Scaffolding: What you thought you knew but don’t.
  • Occupational risk exposure profiles: Why they need to be done properly.
  • The science of human behaviour in respect to health and safety.
  • Unpacking Section 37 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

“I encourage all those who are committed to curbing accidents on site to attend so they can stay abreast of what is going on in the industry, learn from thought leaders and network with others,” says Bester.

The seminar is set to take place at Belmont Square in Rondebosch, and is open to MBAWC members and non-members. Guests will be required to pay an attendance fee, with discounts available to members and FEM policy holders.