Aiming our focus on the construction industry

Health and Safety is important in all industries. However, some categories of business must take added care to ensure safety is a priority. One of these is construction.

Here are five reasons why construction companies need to take health and safety seriously.

A worker or visitor could be injured

This is the most important reason to invest in health and safety equipment and training on construction sites – because people could be injured or even die as a result of a construction accident. As an employer, you have a responsibility to, other than your workers, look after the welfare of all your persons who enter the confines of a construction site or could be injured by construction activities.

The construction industry is extremely dangerous to work in

The Department of Labour has established that the construction industry has a less than 50 percent rate of compliance to health and safety.

Department of Labour Chief Director: Occupational Health and Safety (OSH), Tibor Szana, addressing the Department of Labour Construction Sector Seminar held at the Emperor's Palace in Boksburg said the construction industry has been beset with incidents of fatalities for the past 15 years. Szana said, "The level of incidents seemed to be repeating themselves over and over again". Szana said the construction sector is surpassed by iron and steel sector in terms of large volumes of claims lodged with the Compensation Fund, a workers injury and diseases claim fund.

He asked why the construction industry seemed to be failing to reverse the high levels of fatalities.

Some of the recent incidents that have put a black mark in the construction industry include the collapse of the Tongaat Mall, which left two dead and 29 workers injured and the collapse of a house in Meyersdal, which led to the death of seven workers and hospitalisation of seven workers.

Working days are lost because of health and safety failings

Globally every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident.

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 percent of global Gross Domestic Product each year as reported by the ILO (International Labour Organization).

Businesses can be fined, sued or banned from operating

Should the Department of Labour find that unsafe working practices are being carried out on a construction site, it may issue fines and prohibition notices and may even prosecute. Similarly, workers who are injured are entitled to file compensation lawsuits against the offender which is financially detrimental to the business.

Projects can be compromised

Should a serious accident occur on your site, progress on the project may be halted, aggravating the client and potentially losing the construction company the contract.


Onsite Medical Screening

We provide medical surveillance or commonly known as 'medicals' for companies to determine physical and psychological fitness as per Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Medicals are signed off by our Occupational Health Practitioner.

Medicals are performed onsite through our mobile medical screening units for convenience and minimal disruption to your operations. Medicals are performed onsite by means our mobile medical screening units for convenience and minimal disruption to your operations.

Medicals include the following:

  • Audiometry (Hearing) Test
  • Pulmonary (Lung Function) Test
  • Vision Screening and Colour Deficiency Test
  • High/Low Blood Pressure Test
  • Blood Glucose Test
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Physical and Psychological Medical Examination/Interview

Additional tests on request:

  • Illegal substance (5-in-1 drug test)
  • Urine Test
  • Chest X-Ray with radiologist report


Meet our Safety Consultants

Leon Smit


Technical Advisor

Leon Smit has been practicing health and safety for 6 years, specialising in construction for major factories and environmental safety within the oil and gas industry. Leon Smit is registered with the SACPCMP and is affiliated with the SACPCMPS mentorship programme. In 2012, Leon was invited to attend a ceremony conducted by the Department of Labour for the outstanding achievement for good conduct and compliance in health and safety files and site safety during a 4-month consultation project in Pretoria. In 2015 Leon Smit received an award from Chevron Environmental Management Company for the “Best OE Field Representative in 2015.

Construction Safety Experience:

  • Developing health and safety files for principal and sub - contractors
  • Preparation and implementation of Baseline Risk Assessments for clients
  • Preparing and implementing method statements and risk assessments for principal and sub – contractors
  • Developing Fall Protection Plans and Working at heights rescue plans
  • Conducting “Train the Trainer courses for client’s internal safety systems
  • Conducting “Near Loss and Loss” investigation training for environmental companies
  • Formulating company policies and procedures
  • Auditing systems complying to the OSH Act and Regulation standards
  • Risk management - planning, identification, planned task observations, records and documentation
  • Auditing principal and sub – contractor health and safety files
  • Control systems and safety management of sub-contractors
  • Environmental borehole drilling
Lardus Pretorius


Safety Consultant & Trainer

My journey into safety started with a career in quality control at a prominent food factory in the West Midlands (UK), which continued upon my return to South Africa where I operated a transport company in both the earthmoving, mining and construction sectors where I gained operational experience. This all culminated into a focus on training in 2014 when I qualified as an assessor and safety officer. I am currently a Technical member of SAIOSH – South African Institute for Occupation Health and Safety.

Construction Experience:

  • Working at heights planning
  • Safety files auditing
  • Planned task observations
  • Contractor safety management
  • Construction works in an active production area
  • Transport safety
  • Machine Rigging
Bennie de Bruin


Safety Consultant & Trainer

As a person believing in structure and compliance it was always important for me to set up a system in accordance with the Act. Through years of experience working with from the most basic worker to the Managing Director of the company it instilled a belief of fairness and effective management. Qualified as a Educator, Registered Trainer and Safety Officer gave me the ability to view and plan the needs of a company from different perspectives. Experience gave to me an insight to build an effective system that is able to produce guidance and rock solid evidence in the event of an incident.

Construction Safety Experience:

  • Developing company safety system and files
  • Writing specialised company policies and procedures
  • Auditing systems complying to the OSH Act and Regulation standards
  • Project planning - Workforce training needed for projects
  • Tools and equipment identification, inspections, certification and control
  • Risk management - planning, identification, planned task observations, records and documentation
  • Control systems and safety management of sub-contractors
  • Workplace environment
  • Planning of workplace early warning systems
  • Designing effective training, reporting and recording systems


Contact us for services not listed.

  • Accreditation of contractors
  • Project start up meeting and project progress meeting attendance
  • Compilation and assistance with Base Line Risk Assessments
  • Approval of contractor's health and safety files
  • Compiling health and safety files (health & safety plans, fall protection plans etc)
  • Approval of contractors Risk Assessments and Method Statements prior to the commencement of work
  • Health and safety plans
  • Fall protection plans
  • Health and safety specifications
  • Conducting audits, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly as per client’s requirements
  • Addressing noncompliance's immediate with effective and efficient solutions
  • Monitoring of high-risk works on construction sites
  • Providing safety officers when and where required. Conducting of incident investigations
  • Ensuring that contractor upon completion of projects, provides the client with a consolidated health and safety file
  • Rescue Plans

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