Do you use construction vehicles and mobile plant? Make sure you comply with the ten requirements in Construction Regulations 2014
Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 09 Apr. 2014
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Construction work is dangerous. A report released in February by the human rights organisation the Pravasi Nepali Co-ordination Committee revealed that 400 Nepalese workers have died in construction sites across Qatar since the Gulf state won the bid to host the 2022 football World Cup. In South Africa fatalities in the construction sector are also prevalent especially considering that the sector plays a key role in the country’s economy. If you want to avoid fatal accidents, make sure you comply with the following Construction Regulations requirements when dealing with construction vehicles and mobile plant...
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Ten Construction Regulations requirements you must comply with when using construction vehicles and mobile plant
The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that in terms of Construction Regulations 2014, you (contractor) must ensure that all construction vehicles and mobile plant are:
#1: Of an acceptable design and construction;
#2: Maintained in a good working order;
#3: Used in accordance with their design
#4: Operated by a person who:
- Has received appropriate training, is certified competent and in possession of proof of competency. This person must be authorised in writing to operate the construction vehicles and mobile plant;
- Has a medical certificate of fitness to operate the construction vehicles and mobile plant. The certificate must be issued by an occupational health practitioner.
- Has safe and suitable means of access and egress;
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You must ensure that all construction vehicles and mobile plant:
#5: Have safe and suitable means of access and egress;
#6: Are properly organised and controlled. This means there must be adequate signalling or other control arrangements to guard against the dangers that come with the movement of vehicles and plant.
#7: Are fitted with structures designed to protect the operator from falling material or from being crushed should the vehicle or mobile plant overturn;
#8: Are equipped with an acoustic warning device which can be activated by the operator;
#9: Are equipped with an automatic acoustic reversing alarm; and
#10: Are inspected by the authorised operator or driver on a daily basis. The inspector must use the relevant checklist to do the inspection and keep the records of inspections in a register that must be kept in the construction vehicle or mobile plant.
Now that you know the requirements for construction vehicles and mobile plant, make sure you comply with Construction Regulations so you can avoid fatal accidents.
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