New Managing Director of Aspirata

Dear Staff, We wish to congratulate Venisha Bachulal on her appointment as Managing Director of Aspirata effective 1 April 2017. Venisha has been Operations Director for Aspirata for a number of years and has since November 2016 been fulfilling a dual role in Aspirata whilst Sybrand Strauss has been fulfilling…

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The construction industry was, without a doubt, one of the industries in South Africa that was the hardest hit by die recent global recession. With the prevalence of contracts decreasing, construction being cancelled on sites that were already well away and contractors struggling to stay in business, the harsh reality for this industry is that business is currently still looking bleak and all efforts and energy must be focused on, besides securing contracts, saving money.

One of the biggest money wasting culprits in the construction industry is accidents – and few employers realise just how great the effect of an accident can be. The construction industry contributes vastly to the statistics of employee injuries and fatalities and this can be attributed to non-compliance to health and safety legislation, uneducated employers and employees (regarding health and safety), failure to implement any sort of health and safety measures, and so forth, resulting in accidents. Accidents cost money – injuries must be treated, productivity takes a knock when an accident happens, compensation needs to be paid, increasing insurance premiums, etc. Therefore, health and safety measures are a proactive investment to prevent potential financial misfortune.

Aspirata, represented in all of South Africa’s provinces, has been involved in the construction industry for more than half a century. Our health and safety services for the construction industry encompass, amongst others, the following:

Developing site-specific health and safety specifications.
Providing information on potential health and safety hazards.
Ensuring health and safety plans are approved, implemented and maintained on site.
Conducting regular site audits.
Stopping construction work should the work deviate from the health and safety plan.
Ensuring that when the design is changed during construction or when the contractor varies his method of construction, sufficient information and appropriate resources regarding health and safety are made available to the principal contractor to execute the work safely.
Ensuring that principal contractors are registered and in good standing with the Compensation Fund or a licensed compensation insurer.
In addition we also do incident investigation and/or analysis, risk assessments, training programmes and so forth. Our training programmes is of special importance as this ensures that the solutions we provide are sustainable and that employers and employees are well educated.

For more information on our training programmes, please click here.

For more information on Aspirata’s Health and Safety services, please click here.

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