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Why the M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry has been postponed – again!

Posted by NOSA on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

After months of delays and several postponements, the M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry resumed on Tuesday 26 September – only to be postponed promptly once again. In the weeks prior to the resumption, the Department of Labour’s Teboho Thejane said, ‘Families that have been waiting to hear all the arguments so that they can put this matter to rest, to hear what has happened and if there are any people that are responsible for this. But at this point… we’re waiting to hear the arguments.’

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Topics: News and Opinions, Occupational Health and Safety, Construction, Grayston Bridge, Incidents, Incident Investigation, risk by industry, risk assessment

The true cost of construction accidents

Posted by NOSA on May 15, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Construction, and the costs of construction accidents, is an area of major concern to employers. Many people do not realise how much accidents really cost, because a lot of the expense isn’t obvious. Attention to accident prevention can and will improve a company's overall success.

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Topics: Construction, HSE best practice, hse fails

The only parts of the SACPCMP you need to worry about

Posted by NOSA on Apr 20, 2017 12:05:00 PM

If you’re in the construction industry, you already know about the Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP). But, are you aware of everything you’re required to do if you want to register as a member? Today’s blog breaks down the essential points of which you’ll need to be aware.

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Topics: Career in Health and Safety, Construction, HSE best practice, accreditation

Licences and permits you'll require to start a construction business

Posted by NOSA on Apr 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

People will always need things built – homes, commercial office parks, recreational centres. With this comes ample opportunities for those keen to establish a construction company. But – if the frequent news stories tell us anything, it’s that these opportunities are often also exploited by unscrupulous contractors providing shoddy work.

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Topics: HSE, Construction, HSE best practice

Here’s where we stand with the Grayston Bridge enquiry

Posted by NOSA on Apr 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

As you are aware, this enquiry has suffered multiple postponements for various reasons. Here’s where it stands as of today.

The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  has been postponed, possibly until July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a decision on this within the next two weeks.


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Topics: Fatalities in the workplace, Construction, Grayston Bridge, HSE best practice, hse fails

Construction of the Grayston Bridge resumes

Posted by NOSA on Mar 2, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Later this month –­ on the 27th to be precise ­– the enquiry into the Grayston Bridge collapse (which occurred on the 14th of October, 2015) will resume after several delays. In the meantime, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has announced that construction of the bridge is set to continue. On Monday 27 February, it released the following statement:

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Topics: Construction, Grayston Bridge, Incidents

ANOTHER structural collapse at Sandton City – should we be worried?

Posted by NOSA on Jan 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM

On the 7th of January, two people sustained injuries after parts of the roof collapsed at the Sandton City Mall. The patients were treated at the scene, before being taken to hospital for further care.

Reports are somewhat conflicted, with paramedics saying two roof tiles collapsed, while management for the centre released a statement that confirmed two wall tiles at McDonald’s inside the mall fell off a wall.

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Topics: Occupational Health and Safety, Construction, Injuries

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