AWARD-WINNING ECA MEMBER TAKES CATEGORY TOP SPOT IN MASTER BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION’S SAFETY COMPETITION IN WESTERN CAPE
In the Regional Master Builders’ Association’s (MBA’s) Safety Competition, multi-award winning ECA member, Brand Engineering, took top honours in the category ‘Allied Trades’ for its its Montague Gardens Premises. All regional winners have now been entered into the National Safety Competition to compete against the winners in the five other Master Builder regions.
The other category winners in the 2018 Regional Occupational Health and Safety Competition are big names in the construction industry and include Aveng Steeledale, WBHO, Concor and Cape Formwork Contractors.
Herman Kriel, Group Managing Director at Brand Engineering, is no newcomer to the winner’s podium. Brand Engineering and its sister BBBEE company, Besamandla, have won numerous awards at the ECA(SA)’s annual Presidential Excellence Awards, scooping four awards in 2017.
Brand Engineering, which emphasises ‘safety first’ and has a five-star Safety Grading, has been the winner of the Regional MBA Safety Competition for the ‘Allied Trades’ category since 2007. Its track record in the National Safety Competition is: 2012 – first place; 2013 – second place; 2014 – first place; 2015 – first place; 2016 – first place; and 2017 – first place.
“We use the MBA Safety Competition as an initiative to reward employees for positive health and safety behavior and to measure ourselves against the industry best practice,” explains Kriel. “Our employees are our number one asset and therefore safety is our key priority. We are very humbled and honored to have been recognised for this by the MBA.”
Kriel continues: “Our objective is to maintain a culture in which employees are accountable and responsible for their actions, and play a proactive role in ensuring the health and safety of not only themselves, but also their fellow team members. Integral to this is for each and every person to identify hazards and risks and report and avoid them. We introduced an icon ‘BESAFE’ as a reminder to always engage in this type of behaviour.”
For Brand Engineering however, safety does not end with an award. The company is always looking for opportunities to improve. “This is what we strive to do each day and will undoubtedly continue to do going forward.”
Brand Engineering makes use of the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Management System, which defines the principles by which the company conducts its activities.
MBSA auditing system
This year’s Regional Master Builders’ Safety competition attracted 40 entrants from all over the Western Cape. The entrants’ sites were audited by Master Builders’ Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC) Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Deon Bester, who is an accredited Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) lead auditor.
The entered sites were audited using the MBSA auditing system, which measures both legal and physical on-site compliance. The audit comprises two components:
- A full audit of all the documentation required in terms of the law; and
- A site walk-through to observe the behaviour and conditions on site.
More than 90%
Bester says that, in general, “the sites scored well with most achieving an MBSA five-star rating, meaning that they scored more than 90%”.
He adds that although there were some accidents reported, there had been no serious accidents on the audited sites.
The regional category winners have now been entered into the National Safety Competition, and an MBSA representative will perform further audits and establish the national winners in each category. The prize-giving ceremony will coincide with the annual MBSA Congress, which takes place in Port Elizabeth from 9 to 11 September.
“The ECA wishes Brand Engineering all the best for the finals,” says Mark Mfikoe, National Director, ECA(SA).
More info: Herman Kriel, Group Managing Director
+27 (0)21 550 9115