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10 OCTOBER 2016 

Bytes Conference Centre

It is a common fact in the building/construction/maintenance industry that falling from height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries.  Common cases include falls from scaffolding, ladders and through fragile surfaces. ‘Working at Height’ means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury or even death. This is not only in South Africa but across the world in both developing and advanced nations.

The Institute for Work at Height Trade Association and Professional Body, together with many other organisations operating in the construction, mining, occupational health and safety environment embarked on developing a ‘Guidelines for Safe Working at Height’ in the year 2015. Subject matter experts from all industries where people have to work at height were invited to participate in the development of these guidelines under the chairmanship of Mr Dave Bass. The development of the guidelines was also discussed with the Department of Labour’s Chief Inspector, Mr Tibor Szana, who nominated two persons from his office to also be involved in the development of the guidelines. The draft of these guidelines was shared with them on a continuous basis for their input as well. Other appropriate Industry bodies were also being consulted from time to time as the project developed.

The purpose of the guidelines is to provide supervisory staff with the necessary basic knowledge to understand and ensure safety for tasks that are to be carried out at height. The input from several industries experts in their appropriate individual fields assisted in looking at ways of improving current practices and making work at height safer for everyone.

The scope did not focus on any one particular industry, but rather at persons who through the course of their work are required to be in an elevated position and be exposed to a risk of falling.

As the Guidelines for Safe Working at Height were developed for industry by industry, it was decided to launch this document officially at a Conference on the 10th of October 2016 at Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand. The Chief Inspector, Mr Tibor Szana has indicated his willingness to be the keynote speaker at this event.

Download the Conference Programme HERE

Download the Conference Registration Form HERE

Get a FREE Copy of the Guidelines for Safe Working at Height

Saiosh is the proud Platinum Sponsor of the Guidelines for Safe Working at Height document. Each delegate will get a free copy of the "freshly printed" Guidelines at the Conference. Saiosh has also accredited the Conference with 2 CPD points.


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