Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Minister holds Construction Safety Summit


The Department of Labour held a Construction Safety Summit in Gauteng on 11 November 2008.

The summit was spearheaded by the Minister of Labour, Mr. Mdladlana. The Minister’s message was loud and clear - “enough is enough”

The need for the summit came as a result of the spate of construction fatalities experienced in South Africa of late. The current situation is that two construction workers are killed every week. Representatives of Organized Business, Organized Labour and Government as well as representatives from the Construction Industry were given the opportunity to address the more than 600 delegates that attended the summit.

Our Association's Health and Safety Manager Neels Nortje, who was recently appointed to the Minister’s Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Council (ACOHS), addressed the summit on behalf of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). It was clear that all parties present had the same objective: Reduce the unexceptionally high rate of fatalities in the construction industry.

Minister Mdladlana gave the closing address and assured the delegates that the Department of Labour is going to take a firm stance against culprits. Those that are not complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations will be brought to book.

Neels Nortje
Health and Safety Manager

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