keyboard_arrow_upHard hats can save lives
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In October 2004, South African Jama Nyeni, a construction worker with 10 years’ site experience, chose to wear his own “trusted V-Gard Cap” instead of a company-issued hard hat. This decision may have saved his life. Nyeni was working beside a maintenance crew who were relining a furnace at a construction site on the Kwa-Zulu Natal north coast. The crew was aligning sections of the furnace bottom, which required the use of a three-ton chain block. The apparatus, however, had been set up incorrectly and was pulling at an angle, overloading the chain which consequently snapped. The resulting whip-lashing action propelled the chain into the front of Nyeni’s V-Gard Cap, with a force that split it open from peak to rear suspension slot. The force knocked Nyeni to the ground. Although stunned, he remained conscious and sustained only slight bruising to his forehead.

keyboard_arrow_upSafety in construction
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The last week of July (as this edition of Specifier goes into production) is marked by government as National Construction Week and sees a series of activities taking place, coordinated by the Department of Public Works. In 2009, National Construction Week is intended to highlight the importance of the construction industry in job creation, job retention and the contribution it makes to South Africa's economic growth.