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Health and Safety Achievement Recognition Certificate

Monday, 26 March 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tasveera Singh
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Usuthu Water Purification Plant in zululand celebrates completion of project with zero harm

A Stefanutti Stocks Coastal and ORO Projects joint venture completed the construction of the Usuthu Water Purification Plant for the Zululand District Municipality in February 2018. The plant was constructed over a 24-month period during which 538 142 man hours were worked – without any lost time injuries and a disabling injury frequency rate of zero.

The team that achieved the sterling safety record consisted of 117 company employees, as well as a further 68 individuals employed by the ten subcontracting enterprises. 

The R126-million contract comprised of the civil engineering construction of a new water treatment works with a capacity of 16Ml/day. The scope of work included:
- The civil construction of concrete water retaining structures, concrete block retaining walls, interconnecting pipework, building works and general site works. 
- Supply & installation of mechanical and electrical equipment to the water purification plant. 

Stefanutti Stocks Coastal established a contract participation goal (CPG) plan for the project, that would see unskilled members of the local community receive training in various trades. Over forty employees from the community, who had never worked in construction before, had completed courses in working at heights, scaffold erection and inspection, power tools, formwork, concrete and first aid, as well as receiving training as safety representatives and many more.

A monthly health & safety campaign – “Head in the Game” – afforded site management as well as all employees the platform to revisit the established Stefanutti Stocks Coastal cardinal rules for occupational health and safety; as well as to discuss unsafe scenarios and corrective / preventative measures, reinforce safe working procedures and reinforce their commitment to safety by signing the zero-harm pledge. The entire site would stop work for the monthly event, and a translator would ensure that all present could understand and participate. “Involving everyone on site meant that all supervisors, site management and the workforce remained aware of every single task that formed part of the overall project scope, and how it needed to be completed in a safe manner,” says Stefanutti Stocks Coastal Construction Manager Craig McAllister. 

During these monthly events, interaction between the workforce and supervision was encouraged. Everyone was invited to raise their observations of any activities that fell outside of safe operations, with the objective of identifying and implementing the correct working procedure. 

“Achieving zero harm on a busy construction site is a noteworthy health and safety milestone – not only for the companies involved, but for each of the 185 individuals on site (many of whom were new to the industry), who worked towards a unified goal of zero harm,” says McAllister. “Our safety culture was continually front-of-mind, and our safety pledge reinforced and ensured that our site’s safety standards were met daily.”


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