Health and Safety is number one priority in construction projects
The 4th Association of Construction Health & Safety Management (ACHASM) symposium recently took place at the Belmont Square Conference Centre in Cape Town. It provided a forum for construction industry stakeholders to address construction Health and Safety related matters with specific emphasis on mitigating and ultimately, eliminating fatalities, injuries, and disease.
The forum featured a few key organisations including, Construction Industry Development Board (cidb); Master Builders Association Western Cape; NMC, and South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP).
The symposium focused on educating and informing all stakeholders with respect to the concept of zero fatalities, injuries, and disease, promoting the best practice of construction Health and Safety risk management and providing a platform for exchanging of ideas and networking with likeminded professionals.
Professor John Smallwood states “The theme was selected due to the need to pursue the noble vision of overall zero harm”.
Lenny Samuels from the Department of Labour expressed that one of the major challenges faced by the labour department is the failure of management to ensure compliance with the regulations.
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