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.
On October 14 2015, South Africa was left reeling when the bridge under construction over the M1 at Grayston collapsed, killing two people and injuring 19 others. Since then, several attempts have been made by the Department of Labour (DoL) to conduct an inquiry into the incident, and the causes behind it. Here we take a look at the state of the inquiry as of now, as well as what we can learn from a health and safety point of view – from this specific incident, as well as similar such bridge collapses – to determine the potential causes that can be avoided in future.
Image: The partially collapsed flyover in Kolkata, India. About 100 metres of the structure fell, while other sections remain standing. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP
When it comes to health and safety, companies are unfortunately not always held accountable for incidents – and fatalities – that occur as a result of errors in processes, assessments or materials. That is why it is validating to hear when a company is held responsible.
In our previous blog, we discussed different risk assessments across various industries. Today, we take a quick look at how you would tailor your risk assessments when working on different construction sites.