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Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN One-Million Lost Time Injury Free Man hours

Wednesday, 30 May 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tasveera Singh
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In 2017 Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN, on the project known as Park Square, won the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Health and Safety Competition categories for Best Housekeeping and Best Scaffolding. The site was also named the overall regional winner for its category, and placed second in the national MBSA awards. By the end March 2018 the Park Square project had reached a safety milestone of 978 509 Lost Time Injury Free (LTIF) man hours, and by the last week of April this achievement rose to the coveted one-million Lost Time Injury Free man hours worked! This achievement was driven by each of the 588 employees on site, all of whom are committed to safety, as much as they are to deliver a high-quality building.

“Our site is audited weekly by COMPRAC, Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd safety consultants, to ensure we continue to comply and maintain high safety standards,” says Dallas Pakkiri, Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN safety manager. “Strong leadership and management combined with a motivated and competent team on site, has ensured that we meet all the required standards, in spite of the many challenges crossing our path.” Construction challenges specific to this site include construction taking place in a built-up and high-traffic area, traffic management, no access to site, no loading zones and no laydown areas.

“For some construction activities we needed to close the roads, which meant we had to apply for permits to the management association responsible for the Umhlanga Ridge precinct, prior to for example pouring concrete,” explains Pakkiri. “We always endeavour to keep the impact of our construction activities to a minimum and are happy to report zero traffic accidents or injuries.” To assist with traffic management during the road closures additional flagmen from the local community were hired and trained; on occasion the traffic had to be diverted to just one lane, and sometimes the concrete pours would start as early as 4 am. Additional safety measures included the erection of perimeter scaffolding and hoarding around the entire building footprint and backed up with shade cloth to prevent any objects falling onto the busy roads or passing pedestrians.

As the Park Square development is a green rated building project, many environmental measures were put in place to ensure construction compliance, which included putting together a dedicated team for the task. The project has been divided into four zones – each of which are managed by a site agent, a general foreman, a foreman, a safety officer, a safety representative, a first aider and an emergency coordinator.

Each zone has its own tower cranes and additional riggers were trained so that at any given time, each crane would have two riggers available. “We take our commitment to zero harm extremely seriously at Stefanutti Stocks, as such the Park Square site team extended safety training to our subcontractors,” says Pakkiri. “We trained their employees in safety- related skills, as safety representatives, first aiders, scaffolding erectors, inspectors, banksmen, riggers and in environmental awareness.”

The client, Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd was instrumental in motivating and recognising the Stefanutti Stocks’ Park Square team. When the site reached its first milestone of 250 000 LTIF man hours all employees were issued with UVEX tinted safety glasses, a sun visor and were invited to a celebratory braai. The milestone of 500 000 LTIF free hours was also celebrated with a braai as well as T-shirts sponsored by the client, and a 'thank you' address delivered by client representative, Samantha Stewart. The one-million LTIF man hours will be marked by a braai on 11 May, at which acknowledgement gifts will be distributed to all staff.

“We are so proud to have reached the one- million LTIF man hour mark and to be flying the company safety flag high,” concludes Pakkiri. “Our team is dedicated to continue operating in this way, and it is after all a big part of the Stefanutti Stocks Way.”

Stefanutti Stocks Press Release


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