GMBA FEMA Safety Awards BBM Koos BaarnhoornIn the Federated Employers’ Mutual Assurance (FEMA) Health and Safety Awards presented towards the end of last year, two companies that are members of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) won top honours in their respective categories.

BBM, a Sabie-based general building and civil engineering company won the FEM health and safety award for 2009 in the ‘High Risk, Small Employer’ category. Another GMBA member, Kevin Bates Flooring, won the award in the ‘Low Risk, Small Employer’ category.

BBM has close to 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. The company is headed by Koos Barnhoorn, who took over the business from his father in 1992. Over the years BBM has become one of Mpumalanga’s best known small- to medium-sized construction companies. It handles a wide variety of projects including offices and numerous houses in the Lowveld, as well as new factories for the province’s sawmills, boiler houses for hospitals, kiln foundations, access roads, reservoirs and various water retaining structures.

Kevin Bates Flooring of Johannesburg has over the past 40 years become one of the leading flooring contractors in South Africa. Founded by current CEO, Graham Park, in 1969, the company has been involved in several prestigious contracts including recent projects such as the Discovery Health head office in Johannesburg, the National Library in Pretoria, the SA Reserve Bank head office in Pretoria, and the new departures pier at OR Tambo International Airport.

The FEMA awards, introduced more than 20 years ago, are presented annually to encourage health and safety in the building and construction industry. The awards programme aims to raise awareness of health and safety and recognises the company’s policyholders that have excelled in these areas.


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