Surviving Safety Inspections

Safety Inspections can be time-consuming and it is often difficult to see the value in the minutia of the safety regulations for your industry. The exact distance that a machine guard has to be seperated from a nip point for example can seem arbitrary.

The problem with this is that although you may find small non serious violations, if an employee ever gets hurt on your premises, their lawyer may use your previous safety violation as evidence of your disregard for worker safety. The cleaner your record is, the more secure you are.

In South Africa safety inspections are becoming more routine.  This week I have heard of serveral construction and electrical companies that were ordered off-site in Zimbali because the crew did not have the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). An entire day was wasted because the crew did not have goggles and a first aid kit.